ADEM Reminds Arkansans to Prepare for Summer's Severe Weather Threats

LITTLE ROCK, AR - "Severe weather can happen at any time of the year, but the spring and summer months are especially dangerous," said David Maxwell, Director of the Arkansas Dept. of Emergency Management.  "Arkansas' emergency managers and first responders are prepared for any type of emergency, however, we urge our citizens to be prepared as well.  Knowing what to do and what not to do before, during and after an emergency may save their lives as well as the lives of others."

Residents are encouraged to purchase a NOAA weather radio for continuous broadcasts of the latest weather information from the National Weather Service.  Recorded weather messages are repeated every four to six minutes and routinely revised every one to three hours.  Most weather radios also have an alert feature, which activates an alarm and turns on the radio when severe weather is imminent.  More information is available on the Web at

Flooding is the most common natural disaster and leading cause of weather-related fatalities in the United States, with approximately 200 deaths per year.  More than one-half of all flood-related deaths are caused by people being trapped in their vehicle trying to escape flood-ravaged areas.  Most cars will float and be swept away in 18-24 inches of moving waters, and trucks and SUVs are not much better, despite an additional 6-12 inches of clearance.