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Category: Severe Weather

Tracking Network Data Spotlight: Drought

Number of weeks in severe drought or worse, 2012-2016

You don’t have to live in a desert to experience drought. Did you know that 48 states experienced drought in 2016? Dry periods of below-average rainfall are experienced throughout the United States: they can be relatively short or last years, and can cover both large and small areas. Read More >

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Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather

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Learn about heat-related illness and how to stay cool and safe in hot weather. Now is the time to prepare for the high temperatures that kill hundreds of people every year. Extreme heat causes more than 600 deaths each year. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet many people still die from extreme heat every Read More >

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Lightning Safety

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Summer is thunderstorm season and June is Lightning Safety Month. Learn how to protect you and your loved ones during a thunderstorm. Being outside when lightning is present is not something to take lightly—ever. Read More >

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Preparing for a Hurricane or a Tropical Storm

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You can’t stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect you and your family. If you live in areas at risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to begin preparing for hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 each year. Read More >

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Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Dry conditions in parts of the United States increase the potential for wildfires in or near wilderness areas. Stay alert for wildfire warnings and take action to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke. Read More >

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Staying Safe in a Tornado

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To stay safe during a tornado, prepare a plan and an emergency kit, stay aware of weather conditions during thunderstorms, know the best places to shelter both indoors and outdoors, and always protect your head. Tornadoes continue to impact locations across the country every year, bringing massive winds and destruction in their paths. The 2016 Read More >

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Prepare for Spring Weather

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Spring weather can be unpredictable. Reduce injury risk and plan ahead. Spring is the time of year when many things change—including the weather. Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid. Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather. Sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day. Read More >

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Be Safe After a Hurricane

The storm might be over, but that doesn’t mean the danger is. Keep your loved ones safe after the storm by following our safety tips. Read More >

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Flood Safety Tips

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Hurricane Harvey: Emergency Management Officials have requested that people escaping flood waters as a last resort do not stay in the attic. If the highest floor of your home becomes dangerous…get on the roof. Call 911 for help and stay on the line until answered. Listen to local advisories for more information and be careful Read More >

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Are You Hurricane Ready?

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If you live in a coastal area of risk, take steps now to protect yourself and family. Hurricane Harvey is expected to hit the coast of Texas. Please see the web site of the National Hurricane Center for current updates. Listen to local advisories regarding evacuation, and be careful to never drive through flood waters. Read More >

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