No matter what area of the country – and for that matter, the world – that you live in, each year brings a host of nasty weather that can be alternately normal, like light rain, all the way to destructive, like tornadoes. Over the last few years, various parts of the world have seen the latter of the two, with the tsunami in Japan and Hurricane Irene along the East Coast of the U.S. When it comes to storms of this nature, not only can they happen at any time, but they can also completely alter your life for days, weeks and sometimes years.
Those are just a few of the reasons that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have made this week the first National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The main purpose of this week is to educate people about emergency preparedness and what can be done for safety in the face of dangerous weather.
According to a press release from NOAA, the main motto of the week is to “Be a Force of Nature”:
“Last year during this week, storms raked the central and southern United States, spawning more than 300 tornadoes, claiming hundreds of lives and ranking as one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. As the nation marks the first anniversary of that historic outbreak, from April 22-28 we’re asking each person across the country to “Be a Force of Nature” by knowing the risk, taking action and being an example.”
Although this week is being designated for educational and symbolic reasons, you should practice safety awareness throughout the year, no matter what season it is. Have medical first aids kits around your home and in your car, along with other preparedness supplies like emergency food and flashlights. You can never be too safe, especially in the face of unpredictable weather.