National Severe Weather Preparedness Week – Are You Weather-Ready?

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.

Credit: The People's Tribune via Flickr

Credit: The People’s Tribune via Flickr

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.

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Credit: OregonDOT via Flickr

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:

Credit: Jo Naylor via Flickr

Credit: Jo Naylor via Flickr

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

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