The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) partnered to designate March 3-9, 2013, as National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, and is calling upon all Americans to Be a Force of Nature.
What is the difference between a Warning and a watch?
A WATCH is when a storm system has the potential to produce severe weather. Either a tornado, a thunderstorm, damaging winds, or any other form of severe weather.
A WARNING is when severe weather has already been reported, either from a Weather Spotter or on Radar. When a Severe Weather Warning is called, you and your family need to seek shelter immediately!
Be A Force Of Nature
Make a plan:Have a plan of action fro you and your family. It only takes a few moments to plan ahead. When needed a plan will help your family to function and communicate during a crisis. Discuss it regularly with your family and update it as needed.
Build a Kit:Have an emergency kit ready and waiting. A very simple kit includes basic survival items that can be assembled quickly and inexpensively, easily stored, and always ready to grab and use at a moments notice. Items should include:
- First Aid Kit
- Fresh Batteries
- Weather Radio - You can buy one at most retail stores.
- Bottled Water - One Gallon Per Person Per Day is ideal.
Stay Connected:Know where to get information at the local, state, and national level. Take advantage of social media (facebook, twitter, etc) to stay connected before, during, and after a disaster. Subscrie to message alert systems that nay be available through your employer, school, or other agencies.
Keep important phone numbers on your phone, in your home, and in your purse or wallet.
Get Involved:An Ozark's Ready Family is involved and stays up to date with their community. Take advantage of local resources such as Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) training and the American Red Cross