Be Storm Smart
It must feel like we constantly remind you that anything can happen at any time. That said, it probably isn't a shock to you when we apply the same reminder to storm readiness and potential storm damage.
The NOAA states that each year Americans cope with an average of the following:
- 10,000 severe thunderstorms
- 5,000 floods or flash floods
- 1,000 tornadoes
- 2 landfalling deadly hurricanes
These events can be apart of the 98 percent of presidentially declared disasters that are weather-related. These incidents lead to about 500 deaths per year and almost $15 billion in damage. In these cases, it's incredibly important to know your risk, take action, and be an example. Now what do we mean when we say that?
Know your risk: Severe weather comes in many forms and it's important to know what you're at risk for because of where you live. Be sure to regularly check the weather and make sure you're enrolled in Wireless Emergency Alerts.
Take action: Create an emergency plan and put together an emergency kit. Keep your valuables in a safe place.
Be an example: Share your preparedness story anywhere and with anyone who might need an extra push to be ready when disaster strikes.
We can't predict the weather, but we can be as prepared as possible.
Always remember that when disaster strikes, we are here to help make it, 'like it never even happened.'