March 3-9, 2013 is National Severe Weather Awareness week. How prepared are you?
Remember in grade school when you had those annoying tornado and fire drills? Pretty lame wasn’t it? NO THEY WERE NOT! They prepared us for the potential tornado or fire that might occur. I remember in third grade we participated in a drill, we all laughed and complained. Fast forward three weeks and it was a different story. A tornado hit about a half of a mile from our school. Thankfully the school was not hit, but it became a reality to me when I felt the fear that day. We are to prepare for such events!
Just last year, there were more than 450 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries. Each time severe weather threatens we hear stories of ordinary Americans who do the extraordinary to save loved ones – a mother protecting her children by shielding them from flying debris, a homeowner opening up his storm shelter to neighbors, neighbors helping a senior in a wheelchair get to a safe shelter, individuals ensuring friends are aware of the current watch or warning in their area.
Tornadoes struck approximately 46 states, caused over $1.6 billion in damage and nearly 70 fatalities. There were more than 935 tornadoes in 2012, with 206 in April alone. While April and May are peak months, tornadoes happen all year round.*
NOAA and FEMA have teamed up to give you great insight on how to prepare properly.
We also blogged about this last year. TORNADO! ARE YOU PREPARED?
Bottom line: Get Prepared, Be Prepared!
*NOAA Weather-Ready Nation 2013