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Severe weather arrives for National Severe Weather Preparedness week

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    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-07-30 12:48:12 GMT
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  • Will parking be an issue for Saints fans as the State Fair of West Virginia comes to town?

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    Local New Orleans Saints fans continue to watch and enjoy their beloved team as they continue to practice in our area. But as the State Fair of West Virginia grows closer and closer, some are concerned if parking will soon be an issue.
    Local New Orleans Saints fans continue to watch and enjoy their beloved team as they continue to practice in our area. But as the State Fair of West Virginia grows closer and closer, some are concerned if parking will soon be an issue.
  • Man and woman arrested for making meth with babies in the house

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    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:40 AM EDT2014-07-30 12:40:32 GMT
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    Deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department arrested two people Monday night, when it was discovered they were making meth with 2 babies in the house. Deputy Horn said the children are 7 and 18 months old.

The StormTracker59 weather team has been predicting that some areas of southern West Virginia could see close to half a foot of snow by mid-week.  However, The City of Beckley and the Southern WV Preparedness Partnership are making sure that community members know how to be prepared when severe weather strikes.

March 3-9 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.  During this week community members are asked to Be a Force of Nature and better prepare for severe weather threats in our area.  The City of Beckley will be highlighting ways individuals can know the risks, take action and serve as an example to others.

The event is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  It is a nationwide effort to increase awareness of severe weather and to motivate individuals, families, businesses, and communities to take actions that will prepare them in the event of severe weather.

Individuals can take the Pledge to Prepare at ready.gov/severe-weather. The pledge is the first step to making sure people and their families are prepared for severe weather. That includes filling out a family communications plan that can be emailed, putting an emergency kit together, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place, and getting involved.

More information and ideas on how you can Be a Force of Nature can be found throughout National Severe Weather Preparedness Week at https://www.facebook.com/BeckleyReady.