National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Date Posted: September 20, 2012

During National Preparedness Month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are encouraging individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies.

Because a truly Weather-Ready Nation requires the action of each person and community, NOAA’s National Weather Service calls on every one to make personal preparedness a priority when it comes to extreme weather.

“During National Preparedness Month, we’re asking you to be a force of nature by knowing your risks; knowing how and where to take shelter before disaster strikes,” said Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and NOAA deputy administrator.  “Just as one storm can devastate a community, one ready person can save a life.”

Being a force of nature means never bowing to extreme weather. It means taking appropriate actions before, during and after extreme weather. Even more than that, being a force of nature means inspiring others to do the same through setting an example in your community and social networks.

"This year's wildfires, the derecho, and Hurricane Isaac are all important reminders that disasters can happen anytime and anywhere," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "By taking steps now to prepare for emergencies, we ensure that our families and communities are prepared to respond and recover from all types of disasters and hazards. Together, our efforts will build a stronger and more resilient nation." 

For more information, visit and watch Dr. Sullivan’s preparedness message below.