Last year, there were seven weather disasters that had losses exceeding $1 billion each across the U.S. Those events claimed over 100 lives and had a major impact on the communities they occurred in. This week, National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, is a time for us all to think about the importance of being prepared for severe weather happenings. NOAA and FEMA created this week of awareness and have a number of helpful tools on their site. Preparation doesn’t have to be complicated or mean spending a lot of money; something as simple as having a disaster supply kit could mean the difference between life and death.
Here is what you can do to prepare:
Know your risk: hurricanes, tornadoes, storms - each state in the United States experiences severe weather. Visit weather.gov to get the latest on weather threats.
Take action: take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a family communications plan, putting an emergency kit together, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place, and learning about Wireless Emergency Alerts. To learn more about taking action, participate in a local event on April 30 through America’s PrepareAthon.
Be an example: once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.