National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 1-7, 2015

The Town of Duck is proud to join and promote the 2015 National Severe Weather Preparedness Week campaign to spread the word and encourage residents, visitors, and the rest of the community to Be a Force of Nature by knowing your risk, taking action, and being an example where you live.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Ready Campaign, and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are teaming up again to highlight the importance of preparing for severe weather before it strikes. During National Severe Weather Preparedness Week take time to learn what hazards may impact you, take action by making a kit and having a plan, and become an example where you live by sharing your actions.

Taking preparedness actions can save lives and protect property anywhere. National Severe Weather Week runs from March 1st through 7th, and highlights the importance of preparing for severe weather before it strikes. Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th. Visitors and residents should be prepared for hurricanes, floods, and other severe weather events. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared.

Know Your Risk

Learn what hazards pose a risk. Once you understand your risk, you are better equipped to take preparations. More information can be found on the Town of Duck’s Emergency Preparedness page or on the NOAA website here.

What you can do

Take Action

Develop an emergency plan and practice how and where you will evacuate if instructed by your emergency management officials. Post your plan in your home where visitors can see it.

Be a Force of Nature by making sure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather. This includes creating a disaster supplies kit and making sure that you can receive emergency messages.

What you can do

        • Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio.
        •  Learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts.
        • Develop or update your Ready Emergency Preparedness Plan and build an Emergency Kit
          1.  An emergency supply kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
          2.  Visit for a complete list of suggested items.
          3.  Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency.
          4. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you (including pets!). Once a disaster hits, you will not have time to shop or search for supplies.

Be an Example

      • Be a positive influence on your community by sharing your preparedness story.
      • Building a nation of preparedness requires the action of all of us. Each and every person across the country has the potential to be an example and be ready.
      • Studies show that individuals need to receive messages a number of ways before taking appropriate action.
      • Many people are more likely to act when the messages they receive are from a trusted source- family, friends, or community leader.
      • Share the actions you’ve taken to be prepared with your family and friends by posting your story on your social media site.
      • Tweet that you’re prepared with the hashtag #ImAForce
      • Have an emergency plan, and know what to do before a disaster strikes. Post your plan in your home or business where individuals can see it.
      • Find out from local emergency management how you can be notified for each kind of disaster and sign up for additional alerts through social media and local news.
      • Using the America’s PrepareAthon! materials, you can lead a preparedness discussion, dill, or exercise in your home or workplace. Help others get informed and take action with you.

Quick Tips to Prepare

      • Pick up some canned goods when your store has a sale, they’ll last a long time and ensure you’ll have something to eat.
      •  Clean empty two-liter soda bottles and fill them with water
      •  If it’s been 6 months since you got fresh water for your kit, rotate fresh water in.
      •  Write the date you bought items for your kit on them, it’ll help you keep everything fresh.
      • Around the dinner table, talk to your family about where you would meet in the event of an emergency.
      • Identify some pet-friendly hotels in case you have to evacuate.
      •  Program “In Case of Emergency” contacts into your phone.
      •  Text messages can often get through when phone calls can’t. Inform friends and family of how to text, or to use texting when reception is bad.
      •  Make copies of important documents for your emergency kit (medications, medical info, proof of address, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, etc.). Consider putting them on a flash drive as well.
      •  Get an extra set of house and car keys made for your emergency kit.
      •  Download the FEMA smartphone app.
      •  Teach everyone how to turn off the utilities in your house (electricity, gas, water, etc.) so they can do so in case of an evacuation.
      •  Make a checklist of everything that needs to be done in a disaster. Divide tasks up amongst your family. That way everyone has a responsibility and nothing gets missed.
      •  Learn how to forward your home phone so others can still contact you if you evacuate.
      •  Sign up to receive text messages from FEMA and your local response officials.

Make a Plan


      • It is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact family and friends; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
      •  Winging it is not an emergency plan. Sit down with your family and talk through what to do in a disaster.
      •  Discuss important factors like who to call, where to meet, and what to pack.

Emergency Plan

      • Identify three places to meet family and friends in the event of an emergency. One in your neighborhood, one in your town, and one out of town.
      • Learn how you will get to your out of town location; determine your evacuation routes.
      • Write down information on important locations like workplaces, schools, daycares, houses of worship, etc.
      • Make sure you take into account everyone’s needs, such as any medical concerns, communications, etc.
      • Know how you will learn important information after a disaster (radio, warning sirens, reverse 911, etc.)
      • Share contact information with everyone (friends, family, and out of town contacts).