Federal Agencies Launch National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

TRENTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has launched its second annual National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

Each year people are killed or injured due to hurricanes, blizzards or other natural disasters despite early warnings. In 2012, there were more than 450 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries.

Putting together a disaster supply kit is essential to making sure that your family has the provisions needed for each individual. Some kits may need additional items if there are seniors or infants in the house.

Developing an emergency plan is the groundwork for your family to prepare itself if a disaster strikes without warning. Visit ready.gov/severe-weather or noaa.gov/wrn to learn more about severe weather and to be better prepared.

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