September is National Preparedness Month

Be prepared for all types of weather-related hazards, including tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods, winter storms, and extremes of heat and cold.

1) Have a disaster supply kit, which includes water, non-perishable food, flashlights and spare batteries, a NOAA weather radio with spare bateries, blankets and other supplies.

2) Have a plan for your home, your work place, and on the road. Have a designated shelter for tornadoes and severe storms. Have an escape route for floods. Make sure everyone in your family and at your work place is familiar with the plan. Practice the plan to make sure the plan works and to make sure everyone is familiar with it. 

3) Be informed. Monitor the weather. Be aware of weather hazards in your area. Check the forecast before you go out. Have a method to receive watches and warnings for hazardous weather. A tone alert NOAA Weather Radio with a battery back up is the best way to receive warnings direct from your local National Weather Service office.

More information is available at For information about NOAA weather radio, visit

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