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National Severe Storm Preparedness Week April 22-28, 2012

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week poster

Tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, floods, thunderstorms — folks in the South Central Region are familiar with severe weather!

The first-ever National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is this week, April 22 – 28, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered together to raise awareness and save lives.

Last year during this week, storms raked the central and southern United States, spawning more than 300 tornadoes, claiming hundreds of lives and ranking as one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. As the nation marks the first anniversary of that historic outbreak, from April 22-28 people across the country are encouraged to “Be a Force of Nature” by knowing the risk, taking action and being an example.

As part of NOAA’s campaign to Build a Weather-Ready Nation, this week is all about what individuals can do to take a stand against severe weather. Being a force of nature means taking appropriate actions before, during and after extreme weather strikes by knowing your risk, having a plan, building a kit and staying informed. It also means being connected to family, friends and neighbors and inspiring them to act.

For more information on how you can participate this week  and increase both your and your community’s preparedness check out www.ready.gov/severeweather.

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