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:
- 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.
- Take action: Pledge to develop an emergency plan for yourself and your family.
- 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
Hurricane poster courtesy of NOAA