Preparing for Severe Weather

NOAA and FEMA Urge People to Prepare for Severe Weather

Severe weather is far more common than most people realize. The five most dangerous weather hazards -- tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, floods and winter storms, can be powerful and damaging.  While spring is considered the height of the season, severe weather occurs in every month of the year. In 2012, there were more than 450 weather related fatalities and over 2,600 injuries.

"Improvements in the accuracy and timeliness of forecasts and warnings, and the way we communicate weather threats are helping the public stay safe," said Dr. Louis Uccellini, director of NOAA's National Weather Service. "But this information can save lives and property only if individuals and communities know when and how to take proper action. Preparing for severe weather is a component of building a Weather-Ready Nation and is a national priority."

"Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "We urge everyone to take steps in advance and to pledge to prepare, take action and share what you have done with others.  You can find information on how to prepare for severe weather at"

Be a Force of Nature
Every one of us has the potential to help our communities prepare for extreme weather by following these guidelines:
  • Know Your Risk:  The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Every state in the United States has experienced tornadoes and severe weather, so everyone is exposed to some degree of risk. Check the weather forecast regularly and visit to learn more about how to be better prepared and how you can protect your family when severe weather strikes. 
  • Take Action, Pledge to Prepare:  Be a Force of Nature by making sure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather. Pledge to prepare at Fill out your family communications plan that you can email to yourself, put together an emergency kit, and keep important papers and valuables in a safe place. 
  • Stay informed by having multiple sources for weather alerts such as a NOAA Weather Radio,, and Wireless Emergency Alerts. And, sign up for localized alerts from emergency management officials.
  • Be an example: Once you have taken action, Be a Force of Nature by telling family, friends, and co-workers to do the same. Share the resources and alert systems you discovered through your social media network. 
  • Create a preparedness video and post on a video sharing site: post your story through your social media network and comment on a blog. 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. 
Important Conact Info:
PECO: 1-800-841-4141
MetEd: 1-888-544-4877
PPL: 1-800-342-5775

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

Bucks County Emergency Management Agency