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Weather forecasts

Weather facts, data & statistics

  • National Climatic Data Center
    the world's largest archive of weather data
  • U.S.National Hazard Statistics
    provides statistical information on fatalities, injuries and damages caused by weather related hazards
  • Earthquake Hazards Program
    a wealth of earthquake data and information from the U.S.G.S
  • Local Climatological Data
    monthly summaries from major airport weather stations that includes a daily account of temperature extremes, degree days, precipitation and winds
  • The Online Tornado FAQ
    a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) has been compiled from questions asked of the Storm Prediction Center as well as basic tornado research information and countless scientific resources
  • National Snow & Ice Data Center
    the NDIC manages and distributes scientific data, creates tools for data access, supports data users, performs scientific research, and educates the public about the cryosphere
  • Storm Data Publications
    contains a chronological listing, by state, of hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, hail, floods, drought conditions, lightning, high winds, snow, temperature extremes and other weather phenomena
  • U.S. Drought Monitor
    a multi-agency and institution collaboration tracking drought in the United States
 

Weather preparedness

Extreme weather is unpredictable. Don't be caught off guard, plan accordingly for any possible hazardous weather or weather related disaster.

Create an Emergency Plan

  • Have a family or household meeting to discuss plans for any possible emergency -- tornado, fire, flood, etc
  • Decide how your family will respond to the differed disasters
  • Plan escape routes and determine safe places in and outside the house
  • Discuss how to handle medical emergencies
  • Keep family records in a fire and water-proof safe
  • Keep important contact information on-hand

Additional tips for creating an emergency plan can be found at Ready.gov, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, & the American Red Cross.

Build a Disaster Supply Kit

Prepare your kit well in advance of any potential disaster and adjust the kit to seasonal threats such as cold, tornadoes or floods. Build a kit that will last your family at least 72-hours. Here are a few things to consider putting in your disaster supply kit:

  • Water -- at least one gallon per person per day for a minimum of three days
  • Food -- at least a three day supply of non-perishable items
  • Radio & a NOAA weather radio -- either battery powered or hand crank and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight & extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Can opener
  • Wrench or pliers

Additional supplies to consider can be found at Ready.gov. Kits can also be purchased from stores or organizations such as the Red Cross.

Plan for specific disasters

Tornado

Know the Terms

  • Tornado Watch -- Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to a weather radio, commercial radio, or television for alerts or news.
  • Tornado Warning -- A tornado has been spotted or indicated by a weather radar. Take cover immediately.

Links to tornado specific planning and resources

Extreme Heat

Links to Heat related resources

Flood

Links to flood related resources

Earthquake

Drop -- Cover -- & Hold On! Links to earthquake related resources

Additional resources for natural disasters, terrorist attacks, technological disasters, or other safety concerns

These organization websites provide a wealth of information to help you, your family, or your business plan for most natural and man-made disasters

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