NOAA welcomes the FIRST Lego League teams and other guests to learning more about natural disasters and working together to reduce their impacts. The Challenge Resources provide background information on the types of natural hazards that NOAA studies, techniques and tools used for prediction, historical patterns and impacts of natural disasters, and programs for helping your community prepare for future events. Natural weather, climate and ocean related disasters take thousands of lives and cost billions in property damage, economic loss and environmental impacts annually around the world. Improving the science of predicting these events will help reduce these impacts by letting us know when and where they may occur but being prepared for disasters by planning ahead and responding appropriately to warnings is the key to survival. Good luck with your challenge and remember to Be a Force of Nature to prepare yourself, your family and your community for Nature's Fury. If you have more questions, feel free to contact Warning Coordination Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp.