National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

If there was one extreme weather preparedness action you want your loved ones to take, what would it be? For many, that one action is to know ahead of time where their safe place is located. In early April, please join the National Weather Service and its over 7300 Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors and take a “selfie” and post with the hashtag #SafePlaceSelfie.

"What makes the #SafePlaceSelfie campaign so powerful is it's simple message and call-to-action. If you're sitting in your home or at your desk at work looking at Twitter, ask yourself ‘what if?’ Where would you go if life-threatening weather approaches your area? Spend a few minutes going to that safe place, take a selfie, and share over social media using the #SafePlaceSelfie hashtag. This campaign keeps it simple, while making a paramount preparedness action fun and interactive. And most importantly, we can see it working.”

-Trevor Boucher, forecaster at the Austin/San Antonio Weather Forecast Office


Here are some helpful suggestions:

  • Think about the hazards in your area where you would need to know where safe places or evacuation routes are located.
  • Get creative! Storm shelters, safe rooms, and interior bathrooms are all good safe places from tornadoes and strong winds, but think of other scenarios or hazards that may require other safe places.
  • What other preparedness actions make your safe place even safer? Having a NOAA Weather Radio? Emergency Kit? Family Communications Plan?
  • Encourage family, friends, and your social media network to post their #SafePlaceSelfie. Tag someone on your post and ask them, “Where is your safe place from extreme weather?”

NWS offices will ramp up social media posting as we get closer to April 4, where we will share the most creative, unique posts. Feel free to ask questions and engage in dialog with the larger #SafePlaceSelfie social media community.