DENTON, Texas -- Severe weather can strike anywhere at any time; that’s why it’s so important to get ready now. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are teaming up to get the word out about preparedness during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, which runs from April 22 to April 28.
National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a nationwide effort designed to increase awareness of the severe weather that affects everyone as well as encourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to know their risk, take action and be an example.
“With the tornadoes that struck the Dallas-Fort Worth area earlier this month, and the deadly twisters that spanned the Midwest just days ago, we know the very real risk of severe weather,” said FEMA Region 6 Deputy Administrator Tony Robinson. “Because severe weather knows no boundaries and affects every individual, we’re calling on people to ‘be a force of nature’ in their communities to prepare for severe weather.”
Know Your Risk: 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. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio and sign up for localized alerts from emergency management officials. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
Take Action: “Be a Force of Nature” by taking the pledge to prepare at Ready.gov/severe-weather. When you pledge to prepare, you will take the first step to making sure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather. This includes developing a family communication plan, putting an emergency kit together, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place and getting involved.
Be an Example: Share your story with your family and friends. Create a YouTube video, post your story on Facebook, comment on a blog or send a tweet.
More ideas on how you can “Be a Force of Nature” – plus information on the different types of severe weather - can be found online at www.weather.gov , www.ready.gov or the Spanish-language web site www.listo.gov.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.