Hi – I’m Andrew Velasquez Regional Administrator for FEMA. FEMA is committed to our mission of supporting our citizens and first responders. We work closely with our emergency management partners to identify and understand all the hazards we face as a nation. We are constantly monitoring weather conditions and other threats so we are ready to respond when called upon to provide assistance. ( Region 5 Watch During the springtime, unpredictable weather conditions make being prepared a high priority. Preparedness begins with understanding the specific risks facing you and your family. No matter where you live in the United States, monitoring weather conditions is critical because weather can change in a moment’s notice. Severe storms, tornadoes and flooding can occur without much warning. And that is why it is so important to understand the best plan of action should a disaster strike. So take some time this month and make your preparedness plans for severe spring weather a priority. There are many things you can do now to prepare. Consider purchasing a weather radio to include in your supply kit. Have a backpack ready that is filled with things like a flashlight, extra batteries and bottled water. And most importantly, consider the specific needs of your family when gathering your emergency supplies. Remember, you can never be too prepared. Visit ready.gov or disability.gov to learn steps that everyone can take to keep themselves safe before, during and after severe weather strikes.