Editor's Note: On May 16, 2011, we removed an image of the National Weather Service Hazards Assessment map.
Japan earthquake and tsunami
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan as they recover from the tragic earthquake and tsunami that struck last week. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) remains the lead federal agency when it comes to responding to international disasters, so visit USAID.gov for additional information on the Federal response.
Check out this blog post to see you how can help those affected by the disasters.
Potential severe weather
In the U.S., severe weather is forecasted to affect much of the country, from high winds on the west coast to heavy rain and possible flooding in the Midwest. In the south and southeast, drought conditions are expected to continue, and weather conditions are favorable for wildfires for parts of the southwest through the weekend.
For your local forecast and the National Weather Service (NWS) hazards outlook (pictured below), visit weather.gov.
The outlook for spring
In case you missed it, the NWS released its Spring Outlook yesterday. This year's outlook predicted major flooding for the Red River of the North, along with an above average risk of flooding across portions of the Northeast. For information on what we have been doing to prepare and what you can do, see our blog posts:
- Video: Couple shares their flooding preparedness tips
- Answers to Some Common Questions on Flood Insurance
- Flood Insurance Provides Lifeline For Business Owners
- Spring is Coming: Red River Teaches a Lesson of Preparedness
- The Disaster Declaration Process, Spring Flood Edition
- Recent flooding serves as a reminder