Posted on April 27th, 2012 in Family Preparedness Friday

Be a force and spread the word.

This week is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The purpose of the week highlights the importance of planning and practicing how and where to take shelter before severe weather, such as tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.

Your friends, neighbors and colleagues are more likely to prepare for the various weather hazards that impact their communities when they see those around them prepare, so be a force and inspire them to act by being an example yourself.   The first step you can take is to Be a Force of Nature by Pledging to Prepare.  Click the link to register your support.

Click the following link to watch a video from FEMA about 2012 National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

What can you 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 assist in saving lives.

Know Your Risk: Every state in the U.S. has experienced tornadoes and severe weather, so everyone is exposed to some degree of risk.

Pledge and Take Action: Be Force of Nature by taking the pledge to prepare at When you pledge to prepare, you will take the first step to making sure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather. This includes filling out your family communications plan that you can email it to yourself, putting an emergency kit together, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place, and getting involved. Visit for more on family preparedness for severe weather.

Be an Example: Once you have taken action and pledged, share your story with your family and friends. Create a video and post on a video sharing site, post your story on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, comment on a blog, or any other social media site you’re on. Technology today makes it easier than ever to be a good example and share the steps you took to help us achieve the vision of a Weather-Ready Nation.

What are you and your family doing to prepare for severe weather? How are you being a force and spreading the word? Leave us a comment and let us know.