Are You Weather-Ready? Severe Weather Preparedness
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Be A Force of NatureKnow your risk. Take action. Be an example.
In 2013, there were seven weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included five severe weather and tornado events, a major flood event, and the western drought/heat wave. Overall, these events killed 109 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.

Yet, being prepared for severe weather doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. A few simple steps, such as having a disaster supplies kit, obtaining a NOAA Weather Radio and creating a Family Emergency Plan could help save your life.

When it comes to severe weather, we ask that you know your risk, take action and be an example in your community. Be a Force of Nature and help the National Weather Service build a Weather-Ready Nation, one that is prepared for severe weather whenever and wherever it strikes.

Learn what to do before, during and after a tornado with these shareable YouTube videos from NOAA.

Get Weather-Ready: Before a Tornado

Get Weather-Ready: During a Tornado

Get Weather-Ready: After a Tornado

Severe weather preparedness advice
Do you know how to protect yourself, family, pets and property from severe weather? Get practical advice from the National Weather Service on surviving a storm.

Severe weather preparedness advice for workers and employers
Severe weather poses unique hazards for workers and employers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides resources for workplace preparedness for and response to severe weather emergencies, including tornadoes. OSHA also provides information for workers involved in response and recovery operations for severe weather events. OSHA and NOAA encourage workers and employers to be aware of weather forecasts so that they can be better prepared.

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