In 2013, seven weather and climate disasters had losses exceeding $1 billion each across the nation. According to NOAA, these events include five severe weather storms and tornadoes, a major flood event, and the western drought/heat wave, and have claimed 109 lives while causing significant economic effects on impacted areas.
From March 2-8, 2014, during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, NOAA and FEMA highlights the importance of being prepared for severe weather, promoting their Weather-Ready Nation initiative. From NOAA’s website: Weather-Ready Nation is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. The initiative includes improvements in a wide range of areas to support management of the nation’s water supply, understanding of climate-related risks, economic productivity, healthy communities and ecosystems.
As a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, WeatherBug is proud in helping the public Know Before™ severe weather strikes and offer tips on how to survive during these events. Check out these posts to educate yourself on how to stay best prepared for severe weather:
- Flood – Stay Above Water: Flood Safety 101
- Tornado – Twister 101 – What to do Before, During & After!
- Lightning – Lightning Safety 101 – Knowing Before is Half the Battle
- Tsunami – Walls of Water – Tsunami 101
- Driving on Snow/Ice – Safety Tips: How to Drive in Snow & Ice
- Heat – Beat the Heat Before it Beats You!
- Wildfires – Turning Up the Heat: Wildfires & What You Can Do
- Wind Chill – Why is Wind Chill so Dangerous?
- Winter Storm – How to Survive a Winter Storm
If you haven’t already, invest in a basic disaster supply kit to stay prepared for what Mother Nature brings next (from Ready.gov):
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Be Prepared. Know Before™.
The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team