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Severe Weather Preparedness Week is Time to Get Ready

National Preparedness Month
Be a force of nature. Prepare for severe weather before it strikes.

Severe weather can strike at any time. National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a perfect time to start or to update your emergency preparedness plans for your household and workplace.

The American Red Cross is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) to encourage people to Be a Force of Nature and to prepare for severe weather before it strikes.


The Red Cross has a number of resources to make it easy for households and businesses to get started.

  • Get a kit. Build an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit for home and work or that you take with you in case you have to evacuate. Include items such as water, non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a battery-powered radio, first aid kit and medications. A variety of emergency preparedness kits and first aid kits are available at
  • Make a plan. Talk with household members and coworkers about what to do during emergencies. Plan what to do in case everyone is separated, and choose two places to meet—one right outside the home or worksite, in case of a sudden emergency such as a fire, and another outside the neighborhood, in case you cannot return or are asked to evacuate
  • Be informed. Know what kinds of emergency situations may occur in your area. Get trained in First Aid and CPR/AED so you’ll know what to do in an emergency in case help is delayed.
  • A series of award-winning, mobile apps has been developed that provide expert, emergency information when and where you need it. Users have access to real-time information at their fingertips for events like tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires and earthquakes. Lives have been saved by people receiving warnings and alerts which allowed them to quickly gather their family members and head to their safe place.

    Ready Rating™ is a free, web-based program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Members complete a self assessment of their current readiness level and receive immediate, customized feedback with resources to improve their scores. First Aid Emergency Drills help businesses train their staff for emergencies and disasters.

    Preparing for severe weather is easy and you don’t have to do it all at once in order to Be a Force of Nature.

    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.