National Severe Weather Preparedness Week - March 2-8, 2014

Be a Force of Nature: Take the Next Step during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Hurricane Sandy hit us with immense force that many of us were not prepared for here on the East Coast.

This year, I am taking the time to learn how to prepare for severe weather during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. This is especially evident during the threat of severe weather. The deadliest and most destructive tornado of 2013, an EF-5 on May 20 in Moore, Oklahoma and caused more than $2 billion in property damage. Even though severe weather was anticipated days in advance, many in the impacted areas said they did not have a plan and were caught unprepared.

While spring tends to produce more tornadoes, they're not uncommon in fall. On Nov. 17, a late season tornado outbreak that struck seven Midwestern states became the most active tornado day of 2013 with a total of 74 tornadoes.

Being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. This is especially evident during the threat of severe weather. The Moore Oklahoma ESF 5 tornado is estimated to have caused about $2 billion in property damage. In November 2013 alone, at least 70 tornadoes spanned seven Midwestern states.

Severe weather could happen at any time, anywhere. Even though the Oklahoma tornado outbreak was forecasted for days in advance, and warning lead times for the tornado outbreak averaged nearly 20 minutes, there were still many people in the impacted areas that stated they were unprepared.

Here is what we can do to prepare:

Knowing your risk, taking action and being an example by sharing your knowledge and actions with your social network are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared and save your life and others.

Know Your Risk: Hurricanes, tornadoes, storms - every state in the United States experiences severe weather. Visit to get the latest on weather threats.

Take Action: Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a family communications plan, putting an emergency kit together, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place, and learning about Wireless Emergency Alerts.

To learn more about taking action, participate in a local event on April 30 through America’s PrepareAthon. Learn more at and or the Spanish-language webweb site Follow the National Weather Service @nws and FEMA @readygov.

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Comment balloon 16 commentsBobbie Smith • February 27 2014 03:36PM


Bobbie- what a good reminder to be prepared!  With all of the unusual weather everyone has had, it never hurts to have the important items on hand, packed and ready to go. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 5 years ago

Bobbie: You are being smart and will reap the rewards IF you ever need to use the skills you will be learning next week. All of us need to follow your example!

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 5 years ago

Hi Bobbie, very important information. Mother Nature can be rough and we need to keep people informed.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 5 years ago


This is a good reminder to be aware of Mother Nature's fickle ways...Just heard that we are going to have some weather again..happy for the rain.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 5 years ago

We have a weather radio right be our bed. If you can believe it I sleep through it. We attended a severe weatehr program last year and learned so much.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 5 years ago

Hi Kathy, Boy, it sure is.

I was quite impressed with how FEMA is trying to get the public to spread the word.

They supplied the blog post template, social sharing statements and more to try and help spread the word.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 5 years ago

Hi Anita, These tips will benefit all of us. Now to look into those wireless alerts. Thank you.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 5 years ago

Hi Noah, She certainly can. The forces of Mother Nature are not a force to be reckoned with and we all need to be prepared. Thanks.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 5 years ago

Hi Ron and Alexandra, I hear you are getting plenty of rain.

They said this morning that the storm you are getting now and giving you that badly needed rain is headed our way and will give us a foot or so of snow Sunday night into Monday here in Northeast PA.

This we do not need. We have already received over 56" of snow this year. That 's 20+ inches above normal. Yuck!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 5 years ago

Hi Debbie, Good for you. More of us need to do that.

FEMA started the spread of this info and I wanted to do my part.

I would sleep through the radio also. If I can sleep through my husbands snoring, I can sleep through anything. (LOL)

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 5 years ago

Thanks for the reminder, Bobbie.  Something that we take very seriously here in FL.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 5 years ago

Hi Gabe, I bet you do since you receive those nasty Hurricaneson a regular basis.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 5 years ago

Bobbie, talk about a timely post as we are about to get hit here with nearly a foot of snow again!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Hi Ginny, Yep, that's what they are calling for here too.

FEMA sent me the info trying to get the word out to the public and asking people to spread the word.

Hope the full foot misses you, and the cold too.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 5 years ago

Wow, what a winter. Hoping you get spring weather soon Bobbie. This is literally a life-saving post - people need to heed the warnings.  ( Hope you've got someone strong around to shovel all of that snow) :)

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 5 years ago

We have another icy morning in Maryland. It will be difficult to even walk the dog this morning.

Have a great day!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 5 years ago