NOAA Wants You to Be A Force of Nature This Hurricane Season

Despite advances in weather forecasting and early warning systems, hurricanes and other extreme weather events in the United States kill hundreds of people and do millions of dollars in property damage every year. Last year’s hurricane season was particularly bad with more than 1,000 weather-related fatalities and more than 8,000 injuries in 2011. This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is kicking off Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs from June until November, with a public awareness campaign around National Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 27th through June 2nd.

Be a Force of Nature with NOAA - Public Service Announcement

Three Steps to Hurricane Preparedness

While you might not think you could be affected by a hurricane, every U.S. state experiences dangerous severe weather so every citizen needs to be prepared. NOAA is calling on citizens to prepare for the 2012 hurricane season in the following ways:

  1. Know your risk: The first step to Being a Force of Nature is to understand how hurricanes and tropical storms can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family.
    • Watch the public service announcements below.
    • Understand the National Hurricane Center warning and alerts.
    • Check the weather forecast regularly and sign up for local alerts from emergency management officials, and
    • obtain a special NOAA Weather Radio so you are never out of touch with emergency officials.
  2. Take action: Pledge to develop an emergency plan for yourself and your family.
    • can help you prepare an emergency supply kit for your home and plan for possible evacuation in an emergency.
    • Post your plan in your home where visitors can see it.
    • Download FEMA’s mobile app so you can access important safety tips on what to do before, during and after a hurricane.
  3. Be an example: Once you have taken action and pledged, share your story with your family and friends.

Involve Your Whole Family in Disaster Preparedness
Even the youngest members of your family should know what to do in an emergency. On Bring a Child to Work Day, 6-year-old Elana Schwartz revealed that she had memorized the Be A Force of Nature PSA, so daddy recorded a voice-over and the U.S. National Weather Service put it out as the “Kindergartner Version” above.

Share Your Hurricane and Extreme Weather Preparedness Tips
Have you ever evacuated? What would you have wanted to know ahead of time? Share your tips in the comments section.

Watch All Hurricane Season PSAs by the U.S. National Weather Service

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Hurricane poster courtesy of NOAA


Angela N.
Angela N5 years ago

thank you =]

Rosie Lopez
Rosie Lopez5 years ago

thank u!

Grace Adams
Grace Adams5 years ago

In Connecticut in 2011, both tropical storm Irene and the 10/29/2011 freak snow storm knocked down enough power lines that it took CL&P about three weeks each time to get everyone's power back on. But the downed trees knocking out power was the biggest part of the problem both times. Many of those affected would have been better off if they had know beforehand both that cars have a built-in generator to charge their batteries and how to tap into that generator for other purposes.

Carole R.
Carole R5 years ago

Good post. Thanks!

Vicky Pitchford
Vicky P5 years ago


Michael C.
Michael C5 years ago

People never fail to amaze me, hurricane preparation is of great importance, as is an overall disaster preparation. I have weathered several hurricanes and have watched as the store shelves become empty in as little as 15 minutes.

If you must, keep it simple, flashlight, spare batteries, water containers, tins of food, especially those that are canned in water, think spare water.

What follows next depends on where you reside. Develop a family plan. Where do you go? Do not depend on your cell phone, after all, everyone else has already though about that.

The time to prepare was Yesterday, so get busy.

John Mansky
John Mansky5 years ago

Thank you for the article...

Danielle K.
Danielle K5 years ago

This was something I knew growing up in Central Florida, although while I was growing up there, we never were directly hit.

I now live in Washington, DC, where hurricanes are a rarity. By the time they reached us, Hurricanes Isabel and Irene were little more than bad storms. I think the earthquake a few days earlier did more damage than Irene did!

I'm also lucky that my building has never lost power. This is an advantage to having buried power lines; they're not vulnerable to trees falling, ice storms affecting them (in winter), and other weather phenomena.

Anna Ballinger
Anna Ballinger5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Carol Burk
Carol Burk5 years ago

There are paper "hurricane alert info" brochures and folders and newspaper inserts and these can be found at gas stations or drugstores or hardware stores all over the "hurricane" areas. Your electricity might go off, and you might not be able to recharge a laptop or phone; tv will be off, radio needs batteries, and the car needs gas. Pack the emergency things you need well before you actually need them! Here in New Orleans as in many other places, we speak from experience.