DENTON, Texas -- Hurricane season starts Friday, June 1. The coasts of Texas and Louisiana have faced hurricanes many times. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are partners in promoting 2012 National Hurricane Preparedness Week, and call upon Americans in areas of the country vulnerable to hurricanes and severe weather to Be a Force of Nature.
All states in FEMA Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas) have felt their effects either directly or indirectly. Families, individuals, and businesses who know their vulnerability can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster by taking action to prepare.
Recent studies show that many people use social media in the event of a disaster to let relatives and friends know they are safe. This trend is important because people are most likely to take preparedness steps if they see the preparations taken by others. Social media provides the perfect platform to model preparedness actions for others. For this reason we ask you to pledge and take the following steps:?
Know your risk: The first step to Be a Force of Nature is to understand how hurricanes can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. When you understand your risk, you are more apt to know how to prepare.? Check the weather forecast regularly and sign up for local alerts from emergency management officials and obtain a NOAA Weather Radio.
Take action: Pledge to develop an emergency plan based on your local hurricane, severe storms and flooding hazards and practice how and where you will evacuate if instructed by your emergency management officials.? Post your plan in your home where visitors can see it. Learn how to strengthen your home and business against hurricanes.? Download FEMA?s mobile app so you can access important safety tips on what to do before, during and after a hurricane. Understand the National Hurricane Center warning and alerts.?
Be an Example: Once you have taken action and pledged, 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 information and ideas on how you can be a Force of Nature can be found at www.ready.gov/hurricanes. Information on the different types of severe weather such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flooding is available at www.weather.gov and www.ready.gov/hurricanes 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.?