September 22 2014

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month and the slogan is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.” Preparing for a disaster through drills, exercises, and trainings are key tools that help the brain acquire skills that help individuals to better overcome shock and support crisis response. In the past 50 years, extreme weather events have increased in frequency, with more than 30 disasters occurring in the past three years that have alone surpassed $1 billion each.

The NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite is critical for weather forecasts beyond 48 hours and increases the timeliness and accuracy of forecasts three to seven days in advance of a severe weather event to help to secure a more "Weather-Ready Nation." This information is vital to determining evacuation plans and the placement of first responders. When severe weather events occur it is imperative to be as well prepared as possible.

be disaster aware
The best way to be ready for inclement weather is to prepare now. There are many ways to prepare in advance of disasters, like creating an emergency kit, learning about lightening safety or designing an evacuation or emergency communications plan.

NOAA has prepared resources and tools that will help the public prepare for weather related emergencies:

NOAA’s “Weather-Ready Nation” promotes building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. The devastating impacts of extreme events can be reduced through improved readiness, which is why becoming a “Weather-Ready Nation” is so important.