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NWS National Seasonal Safety Campaign: Preparing the public for hazardous weather year-round

December 1
March 1 May 5-11
June 1 September 1


NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) wants you to be prepared for hazardous weather year-round. The aim of the National Seasonal Safety Campaign is to build a Weather-Ready Nation, one that is prepared for extreme weather, water, and climate events.


Each campaign includes seasonal resources that provide information that is vital to keeping you and your loved ones safe. These materials include websites, articles, social media, infographics, videos and other content around the weather hazards most common during the current season.


Materials for each campaign can be found by clicking the buttons at the top of the page. All content can be shared - we encourage it!


A New, More Timely Approach to Weather Preparedness

NWS chose to replace national safety awareness weeks with a year-round approach for a simple reason: bad weather happens year-round. For example, severe weather can occur anytime - it does not wait for a single week in March. With the National Seasonal Safety Campaign, we seek to inform the public about seasonal weather hazards during the time they are most common. This is a 365-day a year effort and can’t be confined to a single week.


Local Events

To find weather and water safety events in your state visit the NWS Weather and Water Preparedness Events Calendar


Partner Support

The NWS leads the National Seasonal Safety Campaigns and the Hurricane Preparedness Week) and participates at all levels in partner efforts and campaigns including (but not limited to) Rip Current Awareness Week, Lightning Safety Awareness Week, and Extreme Heat Awareness Campaign, and Safe Boating Week.


National Preparedness Weeks
National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) Early Season Social Media Campaign  April 29 - May 3, 2024
Hurricane Preparedness Week May 5-11, 2024
Safe Boating Week May 19-25, 2024
Don't Fry Day May 24, 2024
Lightning Safety Week June 23-29, 2024
National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) Mid-Season Social Media Campaign July 15 - August 16, 2024 (posting once a week)
National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) Late-Season Social Media Campaign September 23 - 27, 2024
Great shakeout earthquake and tsunami preparedness drill Oct 17, 2024

In addition, NWS actively works with partners such as FEMA to provide consistent messaging on weather preparedness. Together with Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors, NWS strives to communicate the importance of being prepared for extreme weather. We can’t do it alone! It takes all of us, working together, to build a Weather-Ready Nation.