In 2000, 45 national major disasters were declared, inflicting more than $3.3 billion in damage to homes and businesses across the country. State emergency management agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska and FEMA's Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities initiative are encouraging residents to take preventive measures now to reduce the risk of severe weather damage. Severe storms that can produce heavy snows, flooding, high winds and even tornadoes are the most common weather threats in late winter and early spring.
The four states in our region have dedicated the following weeks as Severe Weather Awareness Week. Click on a state's name to read more about its awareness program: