Be a Force of Nature during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

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.

Weather-Ready Nation

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also blogged about this last year. TORNADO! ARE YOU PREPARED?

Bottom line: Get Prepared, Be Prepared!

*NOAA Weather-Ready Nation 2013

Tornado! Are you prepared?

During the spring and summer in the U.S. we have to keep our eyes to the sky looking for potential bad weather. Tornadoes can occur any time of day and form rapidly. There were 1,897 tornadoes reported in the US in 2011 (of which at least 1,688 were confirmed). 2011 was an exceptionally destructive and deadly year for tornadoes. There were estimated confirmed fatalities of 552 in the United States (compared to 564 US deaths in the prior ten years combined)*.

As the season grows we have already seen 274 tornadoes reported in the U.S. in 2012, of which at least 183 have been confirmed. There have been 55 confirmed fatalities in the United States (as of 3.8.12)*.

One can never 100% guarantee that you are protected in a tornado, but there are some valuable ways to protect yourself. I have listed a couple of excellent sources for you to read.

Redcross – Redcross Link
FEMA -  http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

Other items to prepare with:
1) Hard Hats (during & cleanup)
2) Safety Glasses (during & cleanup)
3) Strong shoes/boots (during & cleanup)
4) Dust masks (cleanup)
5) Strong Gloves (cleanup)

Teach your entire family how to use these items and all items in your survival kits.

Before and during a potential disaster:
1) Make a plan – Use the above links to help you design a plan that fits your family
2) Practice your plan – Remember drills from school? Do it at home.
3) Prepare for survival – That is the goal
4) Stay Calm – We work better when we are calm
5) Try to laugh (it may seem weird, but it helps)

This is my son acting crazy while in the bathtub during a Tornado warning.

Please pass this information on to your friends and family so everyone can all remain safe during a potential disaster.
*(source Wikipedia)