Even as a spate of recent devastating tornadoes have demolished communities and taken lives, FEMA’s Private Sector Division reminds that the 2013 hurricane season officially begins June 1 and extends through November 30. In anticipation, FEMA will be launching Hurricane Preparedness Week on May 26 continuing through June 1.
To help increase awareness of this week and beyond, FEMA encourages citizens to take the Pledge to Prepare. The Pledge identifies the critical elements of readiness by educating those in hurricane prone areas to know their risk, take appropriate actions to prepare, and inspire others to do the same. An informed and motivated public will greatly add to the organization’s ability to respond and recover from the potential devastating effects of a tropical storm or hurricane. Awareness can save lives and minimize property damage.
“Awareness can save lives and minimize property damage.
Severe weather can occur at anytime, anywhere. The time for citizens to formulate how they will respond is now. It is important for everyone to know about the hazards and risks associated with the upcoming season and take the necessary actions to protect loved ones, homes and businesses.
In addition to the Pledge to Prepare, FEMA encourages following them on social media.
Preparedness is an individual responsibility, but the effort cannot be done alone. It is only by working together across government, businesses, faith-based and community organizations that the goal of strengthening our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Questions? Feel free to direct those to FEMA’s Private Sector Division at FEMA-Private-Sector@fema.dhs.gov.