In 2013, there were seven weather and climate disaster events that caused 109 fatalities and more than $1,000,000,000 in economic and property losses. These events included five severe weather and tornado events, a major flood and a drought/heat wave.
During National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014, our federal partners, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will highlight the importance of preparing for severe weather before it strikes. If your region preparedness priorities include these hazards, you are urged to distribute potentially lifesaving information from the Red Cross about disaster risk and preparedness steps to members of your communities during Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
Posting resources on Facebook, tweeting preparedness tips on Twitter, writing blog posts about local hazards and engaging staff and volunteers are just a few of the many ways you can help your community become better prepared for a severe weather event. Tweets can be sent out with a preparedness tip (a general one or one relevant to events or conditions in your area) with the #BeAForce hashtag. Several of our partners will also be sending out messaging throughout the week:
Encouraging and enabling action in our communities is vital to creating a more sustainable culture of preparedness and resilience. Promoting Red Cross mobile preparedness apps, distributing disaster plan templates (English and Spanish) and out-of-area contact cards and practicing earthquake or fire drills will help our families, friends, coworkers and neighbors be ready for an emergency. http://ow.ly/i/4LWLS