National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 2 - March 8, 2014
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are working together to raise awareness and save lives during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
As part of NOAA’s campaign to build a Weather-Ready Nation, this week is about what you can do to take a stand against severe weather. Be a Force of Nature during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8.
Monday March 3, 2014
Know your risk
Hurricanes, droughts, tornadoes, snowstorms, flooding – severe weather impacts every part of the country. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family.
What you can do:
1. Bookmark weather.gov to get the latest forecast information.
2. Follow the National Weather Service on Facebook and Twitter.
3. Read the State of the Climate reports to discover historical trends.
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Build an Emergency Kit
A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. You may need enough food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours, in case local officials and relief workers cannot reach you immediately after a tornado or other severe weather hits. You could get help in hours or it might take days.
Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.
Take the Next Step:
You don’t know when disaster may strike. Be prepared for the worst with a disaster emergency kit, one that contains 72 hours of food, water and other supplies.
Wednesday March 5, 2014
Make an Emergency Plan
As part of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, NOAA and FEMA urge everyone to develop a Family Emergency Plan. Before disaster stirkes, sit down with your family and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in case of an emergency.
While there are basic elements that should be a part of any plan, it’s important to also tailor your plan to the individual needs of you or your family. This is especially important for the elderly or those with disabilities or special medial or dietary needs.
As part of tailoring your plans, consider working with others to create networks of neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers who will assist each other in an emergency. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.
Take the next step:
Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs. Ensure that your family knows where to meet and get in touch with a Family Emergency Plan.
Thursday March 6, 2014
Stay tuned for Weather Alerts
A NOAA Weather Radio, or NWR, is more than just a radio. It's a life-saver - broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest NOAA National Weather Service office across a nationwide network of radio stations
If you live in an area that experiences tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, or other severe weather, strongly consider buying a weather radio. It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive, but the one chosen should be able to give you all the information you need in the way you need it. Your local Weather Forecast Office can provide assistance programming your radio.
NOAA Weather Radios also can be made accessible to people who are hearing impaired. In some situations, it can be connected to an existing alerting system in a deaf or hard of hearing person's home.
Take the next step:
Do you know what a Wireless Emergency Alert looks and sounds like? Watch a short YouTube video on this new technology - and share with your friends.
Friday March 7, 2014
Be a Force of Nature- Take Action
On May 22, 2011, a multiple-vortex tornado descended upon Joplin, Missouri. Winds exceeding 200mph tore through the town, devastating schools, a hospital, businesses, and homes. 158 people were killed.
Tornado warnings had been issued. Sirens had sounded. But not everyone responded to the warnings. Why? NOAA researchers discovered that many people did not act after they heard the tornado warning but waited for confirmation from another source, including friends. After such confirmation they were more likely to seek shelter.
This is where you fit in. You can be a role model when it comes to severe weather preparedness. People are more likely to take action if they see family memvers or friends preparing for a storm.
Take the next step:
Social media saves lives. Research has shown that people are more likely to take a preparedness action when they see others doing so. Be a role model in your online world for severe weather safety.