2013 National Severe Weather Preparedness Week - March 3-9

 (In Colorado, the 2013 statewide Severe Weather Awareness Week is scheduled for April 14-20. Detailed severe weather safety information specific to Colorado will be provided throughout that week).

Monday's topic during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is Know your Risk

Tuesday's topic is Make a Plan

Wednesday's topic is Build a Kit

Thursday topic is Stay Tuned for Weather Alerts

During this week we ask that you Be a Force of Nature and be better prepared for severe weather risks.

Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a nationwide effort to increase awareness of severe weather, and to motivate you to take actions that will prepare you for severe weather.

Each year, people are killed or seriously injured by tornadoes and other types of severe weather, despite advanced warning. In 2012, there were more than 450 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries. Severe weather knows no boundaries and affects nearly everyone.

Know Your Risk: The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Every state in the United States has experienced tornadoes and severe weather, so everyone is exposed to some degree of risk. In southern Colorado the main severe weather risks are lightning, flash floods, and damaging winds and tornadoes from severe thunderstorms.. Check the weather forecast regularly and visit


to learn more about how to be better prepared, and how you can protect your family during emergencies.

Pledge and Take Action: Be a Force of Nature by taking the Pledge to Prepare at


When you pledge to prepare, you will take the first step to making sure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather. This includes filling out your family communications plan that you can email to yourself, putting an emergency kit together, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place, and getting involved.

Obtain a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, and check to see if your mobile device is equipped to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts.  Also, sign up for localized alerts from emergency management officials. Stay informed by having multiple sources for weather alerts - NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, Weather.gov, and Wireless Emergency Alerts. Subscribe to receive alerts at


Be an Example: Once you have taken action, share your story with your family and friends. Create a YouTube video, post your story on Facebook, comment on a blog, or send a tweet. Studies show that many people use social media in the event of a disaster to let relatives and friends know they are safe. This is an important trend because people are most likely to take preparedness steps if they observe the preparations taken by others. Social media provides the perfect platform to demonstrate preparedness actions for others.

More information and ideas on how you can Be a Force of Nature can be found at


Information on the different types of severe weather such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flooding is available at www.weather.gov and ready.gov/severe-weather or the Spanish-language web site www.listo.gov.  


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