Prepare for Severe Weather

Don’t Let Severe Weather Take You by Surprise

KAMM is an Ambassador for a Weather Ready Nation.

Find out what you can do before severe weather strikes.  Preparation is key to staying safe and minimizing impacts.

Be Weather-Ready: Check the forecast regularly to see if you’re at risk for severe weather.  Listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about severe thunderstorm watches and warnings.  Check the Weather-Ready Nation for tips.

Sign Up for Notifications: Know how your community sends warning.  Some communities have outdoor sirens.  Others depend on media and smart phones to alert residents to severe storms.

Create a Communications Plan: Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place and related information.  Pick a safe room in your home such as a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.  Get more ideas for a plan at: https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

Practice Your Plan: Conduct a family severe thunderstorm drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a damaging wind or large hail is approaching.  Make sure all members of your family know to go there when severe thunderstorm warnings are issued.  Don’t forget pets if time allows.

Prepare Your Home: Keep trees and branches trimmed near your house.  If you have time before severe weather hits, secure loose objects, close windows and doors, and move any valuable objects inside or under a sturdy structure.

Help Your Neighbor: Encourage your loved ones to prepare for severe thunderstorms.  Take CPR training so you can help if someone is hurt during severe weather.


FEMA Mobile App Introduces New Mitigate Your Risk Section

Features in the App

  • Receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide.
  • Share real-time notifications with loved ones via text, email and social media.
  • Learn emergency safety tips for over 20 types of disasters, including fires, flooding, hurricanes, snowstorms, tornadoes, volcanoes and more.
  • Locate open emergency shelters and disaster recovery centers in your area where you can talk to a FEMA representative in person.
  • Prepare for disasters with a customizable emergency kit checklistemergency family plan, and reminders.
  • Connect with FEMA to register for disaster assistance. 
  • Toggle between English and Spanish.
  • Follow the FEMA blog.

Download the FEMA Mobile App.


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