Be a Force of Nature During National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 3-9

Posted at 2:17 p.m.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have partnered to designate March 3-9, as National Severe Weather Preparedness Week and is calling upon us all to Be a Force of Nature.

Commit to Being a Force of Nature by knowing your risks, taking action and being an example in the community by sharing the steps you took to prepare. Because we live in an area prone to tornadoes, flash floods, severe thunderstorms, snow and more, we are reminded that this weather can strike anywhere and at any time.

What Can You Do to Prepare?

Knowing your risk, taking action and being an example by sharing your knowledge and actions through your social network are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared and assist in saving lives.

Be of a Force of Nature: National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 3-9, 2013

Be of a Force of Nature: National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 3-9, 2013

  • 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 and visit ready.gov/severe-weather to learn more about how to be better prepared and how you can protect your family during emergencies. Our emergency management office is also available to give presentations at community groups to help you and your neighbors determine your local risks.
  • Pledge and Take Action: Be Force of Nature by taking the Pledge to Prepare at ready.gov/severe-weather. When you pledge to prepare you take the first step to making sure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather. This includes filling out your family communications plan that you can email to yourself, putting an emergency kit together, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place and getting involved. Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and check to see if your cellphone is equipped to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts — and sign up for local alerts from our Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN). Stay informed by having multiple sources for weather alerts — NOAA Weather Radio, Weather.gov and Wireless Emergency Alerts. Subscribe to receive alerts at www.weather.gov/subscribe and CEAN.
  • Be an Example: Once you have taken action and pledged to Be a Force of Nature, share your story with your family and friends. Create a video and post on a video sharing site; post your story on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, comment on a blog, or share through any other social media site. Technology today makes it easier than ever to be a good example and share the steps you took to help achieve the vision of a Weather-Ready Nation.

Join today and pledge to prepare for severe weather.

Information on the different types of severe weather such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flooding is available at weather.gov, ready.gov/severe-weather and fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency, or the Spanish-language website www.listo.gov.

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