Severe Weather Preparedness
From extensive drought and heat waves to tornadoes and Superstorm Sandy, the United States experienced 11 weather and climate disasters in 2012, each with losses in excess of one billion dollars. 2013 was no stranger to extreme weather and climate conditions either, with seven billion-dollar disasters that included tornadoes in the Great Plains, Midwest and Southeast, persistent drought conditions in the West and devastating flooding in Colorado.
Are you ready? Make sure you have the supplies and information you need to stay safe if severe weather or another emergency occurs where you live.
- Know Your Stuff. Find out what extreme weather events, natural and man-made disasters may occur in your area. Know how you will be notified of an emergency in your community (TV or radio broadcasts, NOAA Weather Radio, Wireless Emergency Alerts, sirens, telephone calls, etc.). Learn about emergency plans established by your state or local government. Get state-by-state information about natural disasters and preparedness tips.
- Make a Plan. All family members should know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in different emergency situations. Find out if workplaces, daycares and schools have emergency plans. Find more tips and download a family emergency plan.
- Build a Kit. Keep an emergency supply kit at home that will cover the basics of survival: food, fresh water, clean air and warmth. Find a list of suggested emergency supply kit items.
- Consider Special Needs. Remember that additional planning and supplies may be required for:
Graphics and Links to Learn More
Learn more about NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation initiative: Be a Force of Nature by knowing your risk, taking action and being an example in your community.
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- Ready.gov – Tornadoes
- NOAA – National Severe Storms Laboratory: Tornadoes 101
- NOAA – The Online Tornado FAQ
- CDC – Tornadoes