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National Severe Weather Preparedness Week
March 2-8, 2014
W.Va.—The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency
Management is proud to join and promote the 2014 National Severe Weather Preparedness Week campaign to spread the word and encourage the community to “Be a Force of Nature”
by knowing your risk, taking action and being an example where you
live. The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency
Management is committed to being a leader for emergency preparedness in
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Ready Campaign, and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
are teaming up again to highlight the importance of preparing for
severe weather before it strikes. During National Severe Weather
Preparedness Week take time to learn what hazards may impact you, taking
action by making a kit and having a plan, and become an example where
you live by sharing your actions.
preparedness actions can save lives and protect property anywhere - at
home, in schools, in your neighborhood, and in the workplace. National
Severe Weather Week runs from March 2 through 8th; it highlights the
importance of preparing for severe weather before it strikes. In 2013,
there were seven weather and climate disaster events with losses
exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events
included five severe weather and tornado events, a major flood event,
and the western drought/heat wave. Overall, these events killed 109
people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.
Know your risk: Learn
what hazards pose a risk where you live and work and their potential
impact on you, your family, and your community. Once you understand your
risk, you are better equipped to take preparations. You can learn more
about hazards in your area by talking to local officials or going to Ready.gov/Be-Informed.
Take action: Develop an emergency plan
and practice how and where you will evacuate if instructed by your
emergency management officials. Post your plan in your home where
visitors can see it. You can also download FEMA’s mobile app so you can access important safety tips on what to do before, during, and after a disaster.
Information on the different types of hazards is available at Ready.gov or the Spanish-language web site Listo.gov. More information on severe weather and how to “Be a Force of Nature” can be found at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/severe.html.