This week commemorates a the one year anniversary of the devastating April 25-28 tornado outbreak in the central and southern states —now infamously known as the 2011 Super Outbreak. Less than one month later the city of Joplin, Mo was decimated by the single deadliest US tornado since 1947.
This year, the week of April 22 will mark the first National Severe Weather Preparedness Week
Each year, many people are killed or seriously injured by tornadoes and other types of severe weather, despite advance warning. In 2011, there were more than 1,000 weather-related fatalities and more than 8,000 injuries. Severe weather knows no boundaries and does not discriminate —but that doesn’t mean we wave the white flag and surrender to nature’s whim. It means now is the time to Be a Force of Nature in your community and resolve to build a Weather Ready Nation.
Being a force of nature when it comes to severe weather means taking appropriate action and inspiring others to do the same. Your friends, neighbors and colleagues are more likely to prepare for the various weather hazards that frequently impact the nation when they see those around them prepare, so inspire them to act by being an example yourself.
So, what can you do to prepare?
Be a Force of Nature by pledging to prepare. When you pledge to prepare, you will take the first step to making sure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather. Click the button below and register your support:
- Build a kit for Disasters to be Prepared
- Items included in a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
- Collect important information and complete your Family Emergency Plan (Don’t forget your Pet’s Emergency Plan)
Last but not least, Get Tech Ready
Mobile technology and social media also offer great opportunities to show others how to prepare. Through the use of everyday technology, individuals, families, responders and organizations can successfully prepare for, adapt to and recover from disruptions brought on by emergencies and disasters.
According to The American Red Cross, the internet – including online news sites and social media platforms – is the third most popular way for Americans to gather emergency information and let their loved ones know they are safe.
With effective planning, it is possible to take advantage of technology before, during and after a crisis to communicate with loved ones and manage your financial affairs — so Get Tech Ready.