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FEMA urges nation to be prepared for severe weather

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the week of March 3-9, 2013 will be National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The aim of this campaign is to inspire people to take steps to prepare for severe weather like tornadoes and extreme thunderstorms.

FEMA is urging people to visit Ready.gov to take their Pledge to Prepare, learn about weather risks in their region and how to be ready for them, and to tell social media friends and followers about steps they take to prepare.

President Obama also encouraged the nation to properly secure their homes and businesses, gather emergency supplies like water, food, and a first aid kit, and to develop an emergency plan.
 “Last year, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes devastated communities nationwide. Hundreds of men and women lost their lives when disaster struck; still more could only watch as a home or a business was destroyed in a storm,” said President Obama. “Protecting ourselves and our loved ones from severe weather takes a whole community, and each of us can play an important part. This week, I encourage all Americans to help meet tomorrow's challenges by making safety today's priority.”

Protect workers by providing safety supplies and training to ensure everyone knows what to do when an emergency strikes.