Be an Example

Beyond personal preparedness, inspire others to act

Date Posted: April 27, 2012

Many of us have people who we admire and respect in our lives. We may consider them our role models or think of them as having behavior or principles that we would like to attain.

Everyone can be a role model when it comes to severe weather safety. Learn about severe weather, gather information, and know what to do when severe weather strikes. Having the confidence that comes from knowledge can keep you and your home safe. It also makes you a Force of Nature against the natural disasters that come from the forces of severe weather.

This week, we’ve highlighted several examples of such people – Stephanie Decker in Indiana, Lisa Rebstock in Texas and Wilma Nelson in Oklahoma. We know that there are many more. In fact, we know that each and every person across the country has the potential to be a force of nature in their communities.

Being a force of nature goes beyond taking appropriate preparedness action. It’s about inspiring others to do the same. When you go to shelter after a warning, text, tweet or update your status so your friends and family know. You might just save their lives, too. Check out this video to see how you can be a force of nature in the face of severe weather.

Social media can be an effective tool for severe weather preparedness. A 2011 survey conducted by the American Red Cross found that almost half the respondents said they would use social media in the event of a disaster to let relatives and friends know they were safe. A news release from the Red Cross highlights the survey results.

This is an important trend because research shows that people are most likely to take preparedness steps if they observe the preparations taken by others. Social media provides the perfect platform to model preparedness actions for others.  

Visit and take the first step to becoming a force of nature by taking the Pledge to Prepare. A digital toolkit for the week is available here.

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