Ohioans often say: if you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes. Ohio's weather is fickle and can change at the drop of a hat...or you just may lose that hat on a windy day. Spring can welcome in warmer weather, but also storms and flooding. In fact, flooding is Ohio's most common natural disaster with tornadoes coming in a close second. Preparation before a storm and quick action afterward can help prevent an emergency from becoming a tragedy. Have you developed and practiced a disaster plan so you're prepared when severe weather comes? Planning now for how you would respond will help you remain calm, think clearly and react appropriately to any safety scenario. I bet we all could use a little help planning and preparing for what we hope never comes. Bill Vedra, the executive director of Homeland Security at the Ohio Department of Public Safety, will tell us how we can be prepared in case severe spring weather or a natural disaster comes knocking on our door.
SEGMENT 2: SEVERE WEATHER WARNING SYSTEM
Finer With Age producer, Sarah Duffy Arens, recently sat down with Mary Jo Parker, warning coordination meteorologist, and Julie Dian-Reed, service hydrologist, at the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio to talk about the warning system and the specific types of severe weather we encounter in Ohio.
SEGMENT 3: 2008 JOINED HEARTS IN GIVING COUPLE
Pastor Dick and Mardelle Barrell were recently named a 2008 Joined Hearts in Giving Couple by First Lady Frances Strickland. The Barrels were recognized along with 24 other couples age 60 or better who have been married 40 years or longer and who share a commitment to volunteerism. Dick and Mardelle have been married 57 wonderful years.