NOAA on severe weather preparedness

No mention of climate in this joint NOAA/FEMA press release, thankfully. – Anthony

Contact:  National Weather Service Public Affairs                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

301-713-0623, ext. 121                                           April 20, 2012

 

Severe weather – know your risk, take action, be a force of nature

NOAA, FEMA launch first National Severe Weather Preparedness Week April 22-28

As the nation marks the first anniversary of one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are teaming up during this week to save lives from severe weather by encouraging the public to know your risk, take action, and be a force of nature by taking proactive preparedness measures and inspiring others to do the same. 

In late April last year, tornadoes raked the central and southern United States, spawning more than 300 tornadoes and claiming hundreds of lives. That devastating outbreak was only one of many weather-related tragedies in 2011, which now holds the record for the greatest number of multi-billion dollar weather disasters in the nation’s history.

 

The country has already experienced early and destructive tornado outbreaks in the Midwest and South this year, including a significant number of tornadoes last weekend. May is the peak season for tornadoes so it is important to take action now.

 

“The damaging tornadoes that struck this year, causing widespread devastation as well as loss of life, also spurred many heroic survival stories,” said NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. “In every one of these stories, people heard the warning, understood a weather hazard was imminent and took immediate action. We can build a Weather-Ready Nation by empowering people with the information they need to take preparedness actions across the country.”

 

“One of the lessons we can take away from the recent tornado outbreaks is that severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “While we can’t control where or when it might hit, we can take steps in advance to prepare and that’s why we are asking people to pledge to prepare, and share with others so they will do the same.”

 

To “be a force of nature,” NOAA and FEMA encourage citizens to 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. Check the weather forecast regularly and sign up for alerts from your local emergency management officials. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

 

  • Take action: Pledge to develop an emergency plan based on your local weather hazards and practice how and where to take shelter. Create or refresh an emergency kit for needed food, supplies and medication. Post your plan where visitors can see it. Learn what you can do to strengthen your home or business against severe weather. Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio. Download FEMA’s mobile app so you can access important safety tips on what to do before and during severe weather. Understand the weather warning system and become a certified storm spotter through the National Weather Service.

 

  • Be a force of nature: Once you have taken action, tell your family, friends, school staff and co-workers about how they can prepare. Share the resources and alert systems you discovered with your social media network. Studies show individuals need to receive messages a number of ways before acting – and you can be one of those sources. When you go to shelter during a warning, send a text, tweet or post a status update so your friends and family know. You might just save their lives, too. For more information on how you can participate, visit www.ready.gov/severeweather

 

About NOAA

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook , Twitter and our other social media channels.

 

About FEMA

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Take the pledge and learn more information at www.ready.gov/severe-weather — and encourage the rest of your community to join.

 

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27 thoughts on “NOAA on severe weather preparedness

  1. NOAA don’t need to mention climate – the,”Keep Calm and Carry On”, message is carefully calculated to ensure the general population reaches the wrong conclusions and manufactures it’s own climate hysteria while allowing the NOAA to claim clean hands. We should remember that it was an American who first discovered propaganda.

  2. I admire and support the intent to “Be Prepared” as scouts do, but somehow
    there is still the undertone of imminent disaster in this and other messages
    that are coming out more and more frequently. It’s about time for some
    “Kentucky Fried Chicken Little” – with all this doom and gloom, no one will
    listen when something REALLY dangerous is afoot.

    Just like the dots, I think there’s a lot of hype in the buildup to the Rio
    conference. In most cases, I think it’ll be “if it’s Rio, it ain’t real”.
    Would that all the money spent on this conference (carbon junket)
    and the various carbon-trading schemes, etc., be spent on something
    useful, for instance shoring up bridges, dikes, dams, highways, and
    other infrastructure vulnerable to REAL disasters.

  3. That devastating outbreak was only one of many weather-related tragedies in 2011, which now holds the record for the greatest number of multi-billion dollar weather disasters in the nation’s history.

    There’s your climate comment.

    DaveE.

  4. I think this is excellent logic on their part. Since nothing the warmers predict ever comes true, the surest way to ensure the minimal tornado season is for NOAA to predict it.

    However, there is one small flaw … the fact that they predict that their predictions will be wrong, will mean they are wrong even if they are right to want to be wrong in order to be right.

  5. They sound increasingly like UKMO, here in the UK, who have been throwing out the most pathetic weather warnings for the last several years as they’ve become nothing but a new Pravda for the government ; especially so the previous Labour administration. The last few years have seen UKMO spit out almost daily ‘weather warnings ‘ to protect the public. We’ve already had severe heat wave warnings (reinforcing AGW off course) where all the local government brown nosers jump on the bandwagon passing on emails about protecting yourself from the dreaded predicted heat caused by climate change of course. I had this where I work the summer before last and sent out an email reply posing the question where do most people go for their holidays if they can afford it? ……….. somewhere bleedin’ hot, very hot!!!!

    Here in the UK and Europe much of this stems from way OTT ‘elf& safety morons and UKMO and now NOAA have followed becoming nothing more and it has to be said a propaganda machine for the creeping left paralysis that seems to be afflicting folk like in the invasion of the body snatchers.

    Is there no end is there no relief from this “oh look how bad capitalism with AGW has made our weather” tripe. Mind you the Obama regime is full of lefty progressives as is the EEC. Nuts the lot of it. You know I remember when a summer deluge was seen as a romantic thing to go out in -like Gene Kelly in ‘singing in the rain’. Hmmm I wonder if that film should now contain a severe weather warning?

    Lawrence

  6. grumpyoldmanuk says:
    April 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    … We should remember that it was an American who first discovered propaganda.

    Hardly, american history isn’t that old.

  7. This is an area where I think NOAA and FEMA are doing good work. Amazing how many people refuse to see the value of having a weather radio in their home. Instead, they think that the government should put a siren on every street corner if not send someone to knock at their door and lead them to shelter whenever there’s a tornado.

  8. Be a Force of Nature? Anyone can stand up to a stiff breeze!

    How about Get your Kinetic Energy Naturally? Subtitle: Become One with Nature. Or a movie, Dances with Tornadoes?

  9. I think propaganda was invented a very long time ago. The Romans fully understood its value, coin images being a major form of it. Egyptian pharaohs used it all the time and here’s the Persian monarch Shapur with the defeated Roman emperor Valerian at his feet. Cut out of the side of a mountain for all to see.

  10. “…be a force of nature
    I know they mean well and are making an appeal for personal responsibility, but as soon as I read that, I couldn’t get a particular song out of my head…

    Mister Trouble never hangs around
    When he hears this Mighty sound.

    “Here I come to save the day”

    That means that Mighty Mouse is on his way.
    Yes sir, when there is a wrong to right
    Mighty Mouse will join the fight.
    On the sea or on the land,
    He gets the situation well in hand.

    source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/tvthemes/mightymouselyrics.html

  11. Some poster recently said he’d moved from NE into tornado country a couple of years back, and at first he’d head for the basement when the warnings sounded. Now that he’s acclimatized and acculturated, though, he just grabs a cold one and heads for the front lawn to watch, like everyone else!

    ;D

  12. I think you have to tell your children and grand children the other side of global warming other than what the left wing school teachers are telling and even brain washing them . I spend time with my children and grand children and explane all about the climate and natural weather events

  13. Lawrence says: April 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    They sound increasingly like UKMO, here in the UK, who have been throwing out the most pathetic weather warnings for the last several years

    Similar thing happen with the terror threat level. I was thinking of creating a kind of traffic light to put on a website … only thing is that it never ever ever went down below “severe”, and never ever went to the next level which was something like all out nuclear war.

    On reflection, it was pretty obvious. They never got problems from having too high a threat level. But if ever there were a terrorist incident and they weren’t high enough it would be reported as “caught off-guard”.

    So, these days, at the first sign of the womens institute holding a threat level up it goes to “severe”.

    Likewise, at the first sign of frost, we’ll get “severe weather warming – baton down the hatches, buy in supplies, ensure you have condoms, nappies and primary school uniform ready incase anything goes wrong”.

    And they daren’t tell us the actual forecast … because that way we will know it was wrong. Instead they put a wishy washy whitey grey blurring blob on the map, that could be snow, rain, sunshine, ice, sandstorm and … hey presto … they never get a forecast wrong (nor do we ever know what the weather is going to be).

  14. Luther Wu says:
    April 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Mister Trouble never hangs around
    When he hears this Mighty sound.

    “Here I come to save the day”

    That means that Mighty Mouse is on his way.
    Yes sir, when there is a wrong to right
    Mighty Mouse will join the fight.
    On the sea or on the land,
    He gets the situation well in hand.
    =============================================
    I always think of a different character when I see stuff like that………
    There’s no need to fear–
    Underdog is here!

  15. “Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a frog…a frog?”
    “Not bird, nor plane, nor even frog, it’s just little ‘ole me, Underdog !”

  16. Is there a Scout’s badge for “tornado preparedness”? It could be partnered by one for using the spike on the “Scout’s friend” (pocket knife) to get horses’ hooves out of stones (have I got that reversed?), or old ladies out of basements after tornadoes, or something.

  17. Here in Minnesota, we had our “Severe Weather Week” this week. I am an official siren reporter to our local police department for our housing development, and reported the siren was working this week when they tested it. Just as I do on the first Wednesday of every month.

    So, I’m fine with this. . . tho it should get regularized over time so that there isn’t overlap between state efforts (of which there are several, not just Minnesota) and Federal efforts.

  18. How much tax money was wasted on this so-called “help?” It amounts to warning the public to carry an umbrella when it looks like rain. (If you don’t know that already, you soon learn it by getting wet.)

    I don’t mind being warned a big storm might be coming. Usually I see the signs for myself, but a few times I’ve been warned by the alarm on my weather radio. I can understand that alarm might save lives.

    However increasingly that alarm goes off for the most ridiculous “dangers.” A September frost might damage the plants on my patio? You woke me in the dead of night for that?

    Soon I may turn the darn thing off, because soon it may go off because tomorrow might be sunny, and we need to be warned we might get a sunburn.

    The fact of the matter is that besides the decent government employees, doing a good job and warning of real dangers, there are also these complete losers, who feel the only way to justify their existence (and pay-check) is to warn us about sunburns or carrying an umbrella when it rains.

    These losers are weeds, and we need to pluck them from the rows of good employees. We need to do it to balance the national budget, and we need to do it because if they don’t shut their mouths then people will soon plug their ears by turning their weather radios off, and lives will be lost when a real storm comes, due to an epidemic of BWCWS (Boy-who-cried-wolf-syndrome.)

    In some government agencies, ( such as the EPA,) the weeds have gotten too thick. The whole garden needs to be turned over. We need to fire everyone, and start over, praying that the good people amidst the rank weeds will be recognized and rehired, as we make a new start.

    It is sad that good people are mixed up in this public rot. It is sad some will hurt by the process of reform. However reform we must. If those good people are truly good, they will understand how necessary reform is. They have been hurt already, by having to endure the nitwit weeds they have to work amidst. In some cases they have been fired already, for saying a person they worked with was useless and only hired as a political appointee.

    But reform we must.

  19. Quiet Professional says:
    April 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    This is an area where I think NOAA and FEMA are doing good work. Amazing how many people refuse to see the value of having a weather radio in their home. Instead, they think that the government should put a siren on every street corner if not send someone to knock at their door and lead them to shelter whenever there’s a tornado.

    Yup.

    Unintelligible audio and all (as coming _from_ the NWS transmitter itself).

    See, down here on 162.400 MHz the ‘distorted audio’ ostensibly comes from having the audio level set too high (into the transmitter I think, from the remote source) so as to hit the level of the ‘clipper’ (also known as the ‘modulation limiter’ in FM transmitter parlance) in the actual transmitter. The 162.400 MHz transmitter It sounded okay until a few of months ago when someone made some changes (heard it as they worked on it; they fired the 1050 Hz alert tone a number of times) … ‘they’ obviously don’t monitor for audio quality … which hampers getting the message out.

    ‘Government service’ at it it’s finest? Surely not …

    Anyone at NOAA/NWS SRH (Southern Region Headquarters) reading this? Check the Dallas 162.400 MHz transmitter. The 162.550 MHz Fort Worth transmitter sounds acceptable BTW. A quick survey shows the others in the area (162.475, 162.425) are acceptable as well.

    Sheesh …

    .

  20. “That devastating outbreak was only one of many weather-related tragedies in 2011, which now holds the record for the greatest number of multi-billion dollar weather disasters in the nation’s history.”
    You can generally say that about ANY year’s property damage costs – its called INFLATION. No mention is made in this release that these are constant dollar damages costs and until they do that I would consider a statement like that to be a Climate Change statement. Don’t you?
    Would someone with some time on their hands care to do a constant dollar check on year to year damage costs? And don’t forget to allow for development and population growth.

  21. Scottish Sceptic.

    Yes weather warnings: here in the SE of England snowfall has increased over the last several winters with the 2009/10 and 2010/11 more than in the last decade. However whenever there is a Northerly or more potent for England an Easterly UKMO goes absolutely bonkers with snowfall warnings. As I like snow many a time I’ve logged on to their propaganda website seeing severe snow warnings for the London SE area plastered everywhere on their ludicrous yellow, green and red take action warning crayon page and yet 90 plus % of the time there has been no snowfall.

    I think here in the UK UKMO has become an unholy mix of AGW hysteria underpinned by ‘elf & safety madness. Half their resources seemed to be dedicated to winding up weather warning that support AGW. They have also become entwined with the National Health Service that left wind Americans love to praise so much and they (UKMO) boast how they work with the NHS to provide forecasts that may affect people with respiratory diseases CPOD. However UKMO fail to mention that the NHS has risen to well over 40,000 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/6034988/Death-toll-from-hospital-bugs-hits-new-high.html So you’d think that there would be far bigger fish to fry for the government NHS and UKMO.

    So American and world be warned: the new stance on highlighting the plight of unchecked AGW is wild weather and with the recent warm spell in the eastern side of the USA and the tornado out break (as Joe Bastardi has alluded to) these will all be cited to prove that AGW is getting worse and once the exaggerations by these various government agencies take hold, even though inaccurate, they will become facts.

  22. Probably won’t make any difference. Okies, Texans and Kansans reached a high level of preparation and systematic warnings 30 years ago, and don’t need anything extra from NOAA. Easterners might need better systems, but they’re stuck on stupid and won’t learn.

  23. I’m in South Florida. Come June, the media and the Govt. agencies will start with the “Be Prepared for Hurricanes” admonitions. They are the same every year.
    When a hurricane does land. There are still many, many unprepared.
    Do these admonitions work? Who can say. They certainly do no harm.

  24. *****
    Chuck Nolan says:
    April 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    “Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a frog…a frog?”
    “Not bird, nor plane, nor even frog, it’s just little ‘ole me, Underdog !”

    ****

    Another one:
    When danger threatens, I am not slow.
    It’s hip, hip, hip and awaaaay I go!

  25. About NOAA , NOAA’s job is to deceive the nation by incorrect data processing.

    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/temp-and-precip/time-series/index.php?parameter=tmp&month=3&year=2012&filter=1&state=110&div=0

    Notice the way the so-called “filter” ramps up over the last four months to “unprecedented” levels and all on the basis of one data point.

    This is clearly a case of repeating the last data point to fill the filter window. This had no validity whatsoever. The green plot should stop when the filter is not longer filled (four month before the last data point).

    To see it’s false, just look around 1910. There , even three successive peaks, that last one just a big as this March did not create anything like the same peak.

    Come back in four months time and that same “filtered” March value will be showing around 7.4 , that is once it’s high value has been used once instead of * five times * in the filter.

    This is not an oversight, you have to actually program the filter with exceptional repetition at each end. The effect can go either way. Now we just need to wait until it shows an unprecedented dip for them to do something about correcting it.

    They cannot pretend they have not noticed and they know damn well why it comes out like that.

    That makes it intentionally misleading, a known untruth. “Join the dots” : it’s, a lie.

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