National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Published 03/02 2014 08:53PM

Updated 03/03 2014 09:49AM


National Severe Weather Preparedness Week brings seven days of bringing awareness to the possibility of natural elements that can cause harm to you and your property.

The hoosier state is no stranger to severe weather. Unlike many states, we can experience it all year long. Nearly four months ago, the National Weather Service says that seven Midwestern states experienced a total of 74 tornadoes. The tornadoes caused multiple deaths and millions of dollars in damage. One of the hardest hit areas was Kokomo, Indiana. However few injuries were reported there.

FEMA and the NOAA advise three main steps:

Know Your Risk: The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Check the  weather forecast regularly, obtain a  NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action:  Before storms strike, develop a  family communication plan, create or purchase an emergency supplies kit, and participate in a local event on April 30 through America’s PrepareAthon.

Be an Example: Share your preparedness story with your friends and family on Facebook and  Twitter. Letting others know that you’re prepared will prompt them to prepare as well. Studies show that many people use social media in the event of a disaster to let relatives and friends know they are safe. This is an important trend because people are most likely to take preparedness steps if they observe the preparations taken by others. Social media provides the perfect platform to model preparedness actions for others.

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