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    Are You Weather-Ready? Know Your Risk, Prepare for Severe Weather

    3/3/2014 10:23:00 AM

    March 2-8, 2014 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    Hurricanes, droughts, tornadoes, snowstorms, flooding...severe weather can happen at any time, anywhere, and it affects all of us. In 2013, the United States experienced seven weather and climate disasters with losses exceeding one billion dollars each, including record rainfall and devastating floods across parts of Colorado, expanding drought conditions in the West, and a late-season outbreak of at least 70 tornadoes in seven Midwestern states.

    Be a Force of Nature: This week, take a few minutes to know your risk, prepare for severe weather, and share your knowledge and actions with friends, family and your community. When severe weather strikes, being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival.

    - Know your risk. Severe weather impacts every part of the country. One of the best ways to prepare is to know the hazards where you live. FEMA's interactive map is a great place to start - click on your state to learn more.

    - Build an emergency kit. Check out this list of recommended supplies for a basic kit. You probably already have many of these items in your home.

    - Make an emergency plan. Winging it is not a family emergency plan. Know what to do before severe weather strikes by creating an emergency plan. Get started here. Don't forget to plan for pets, too.

    - Get emergency alert warnings. How will you find out about severe weather where you live? Wireless Emergency Alerts are automatic texts that are sent to you in an emergency, no sign-up required. Have a NOAA Weather Radio on-hand to receive warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazards information 24-7.

    - Spread the word. Share your knowledge and actions to help family, friends and coworkers prepare. Check out the Severe Weather Preparedness Week Toolkit for talking points, sample blog posts, social media messages and more.

    Credit: Earth Gauge

    Credit: Earth Gauge

    Credit: Earth Gauge

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