Severe Weather Awareness Week

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During National Severe Weather Awareness Week, which runs March 1 – 7, the American Red Cross encourages people across the country to get ready now for severe weather that could affect you and your family.

Where You Live: Know Severe Weather Risks

Severe weather impacts every part of the country. Some communities face hurricanes and flooding, while others face tornadoes or snowstorms.

  • First think about where you live and work. What types of severe weather could impact you there and how would it affect you and your family?
  • Second think about places where you vacation, have family or visit often. Are there different types of severe weather there that could affect you and your loved ones?
  • What You Can Do: Prepare Today

    Once you have identified types of severe weather that could affect you, it’s time to get prepared.

    - Get a kit.

    Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

    - Make a plan.

    It is important to make sure that the entire family is prepared and informed in the event of a disaster or emergency. You may not always be together when these events take place and should have plans for making sure you are able to contact and find one another.

    - Be informed.

    Identify local authorities that will provide up-to-date information during severe weather such as a radio station, TV channel or social media site. It’s also important to know the difference between a watch and a warning. Take a minute to dispel the myths and learn severe weather facts.

    Bonus Tip: Download Red Cross Apps

    To ensure you have lifesaving information at your fingertips, download Red Cross mobile apps, providing expert, emergency information when and where you need it for severe weather events like tornadoes or floods. Severe weather apps include:

  • Flood App
  • Tornado App
  • Earthquake App
  • Wildfire App
  • Hurricane App
  • The Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App helps children between the ages of 7 and 11 learn emergency preparedness while playing a game as monster characters. All of these Red Cross apps can be found in your app store by searching for American Red Cross.

    Learn more about Red Cross preparedness.

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