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Preparing for Extreme Heat

Extreme heat events can happen anywhere in the United States. Extreme heat commonly occurs in the summer; however the main season for heat waves may vary regionally.

America's PrepareAthon! will focus on extreme heat and how to prepare for this intense weather condition next week,  Sunday, May 22 – Saturday, May 28.

Continue reading the rest of the Preparing for Extreme Heat article. 

For more information on extreme heat conditions,  check out the  Ready Campaign website


Indoor Sheltering During Disasters

Sometimes it's best to stay inside.

Whether at home, work, school, or elsewhere, there may be situations when remaining where you are inside a sturdy building and taking additional actions for the specific hazard is the safe thing to do to protect yourself and your loved ones from harm. The following are examples of indoor shelter for weather specific emergencies:

  • Extreme Heat :  Stay indoors with air conditioning and limit sun exposure. If you do not have air conditioning, go to a building that does.
  • Flood :  Stay on high ground or get to high ground. If you are advised to evacuate, follow directions. And never walk or drive through floodwaters.
  • Thunderstorm, Lightning, and Hail :  When thunder roars, go indoors ! Get or stay inside a sturdy building if you hear thunder or see lightning. Stay away from windows, skylights, and plumbing.
  • Wind (Tornado or Hurricane) : Seek cover in a FEMA Safe Room, ICC 500 Storm Shelter , or Best Available Refuge Area (BARA) identified by a qualified architect or engineer.  If that is not available, go to a small, interior, windowless room (e.g., bathroom, closet) in a sturdy building on the lowest level of the building not affected by floodwaters.
  • Winter Storm :  Prepare to stay warm at home or at work. Stay inside and off the roads.

Before any emergency, be sure to learn how to obtain alerts and warnings, develop shelter and communications plan s , and gather emergency supplies .

If you have a generator to use in the event of a power outage, be sure it's located outside the home and far enough away to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the building. 


New Launches During Hurricane Preparedness Week

This year, for the first time, the   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hurricane Awareness Tour aligns with the presidentially-declared National Hurricane Preparedness Week and the new #HurricaneStrong public outreach campaign. As part of the outreach campaign, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) launched , which includes a section for kids.

Kids nationwide can join in #HurricaneStrong activities by participating in the 2016 hurricane drill on the Hurricane Strong Kids website. Activities include tracking mock Hurricane S.W.I.F.T.

In addition, the  U.S. Air Force , NOAA's Aircraft Operations Center , and NOAA outreach teams are taking to the skies to drive public readiness in San Antonio, TX; Galveston, TX; New Orleans, LA; Mobile, AL; and Naples, FL. This united effort is bringing together the National Hurricane Center , FEMA, The Weather Channel , and the FLASH partnership with emergency management officials, leaders, and volunteers to make this year's five-city, whistle-stop tour, the best yet.

The Hurricane Awareness Tour daily itinerary will offer leaders, teachers, students, and the general public an opportunity to tour the hurricane hunter aircraft, learn about hurricane preparedness, and interact with the FLASH partners and NOAA WeatherReady Nation Ambassadors, including the American Red Cross, Florida International University, Kohler Generators, Portland Cement Association, Simpson Strong-Tie, State Farm, University of Rhode Island, and the United Services Automobile Association.


Webinar: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Preparing Communities Through Partnerships

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships invites you to a webinar on Thursday, May 26, 2016 , focused on engaging the public on disaster preparedness and resilience efforts serving Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Title: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Preparing Communities Through Partnerships
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Featured Speakers:                                 

  • Doua Thor , Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
  • Debra Boudreaux , Executive Vice President, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
  • Ramona K. Mullahey , Senior Analyst, Field Policy & Management, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Honolulu Field Office

 How to Join the Webinar:

We hope that you will be able to join us on May 26! 


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