Severe Weather Awareness Week 2014

North Carolina's Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 2-8, 2014.  During the week, members of the community are asked to "be a force of nature" and better prepare for severe weather threats across the state.  This year, North Carolina's annual Severe Weather Awareness Week corresponds with the National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, which is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

North Carolina's annual statewide Tornado Drill for 2014 will take place on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 9:30am.  The drill will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio and the Emergency Alert System via the required monthly test.  The backup date is Friday, March 7, 2014 at 9:30am.

North Carolina's Severe Weather Awareness Week is an effort to increase awareness of severe weather and to motivate individuals, families, businesses, and communities to take actions that will prepare them in the event of severe weather.  During the past year, North Carolina experienced 10 tornadoes and nearly 500 incidents of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds or large hail.  This resulted in 3 fatalities, 10 injuries and over 11 million dollars in damages across the state.  Every school, business, and work place across the state is strongly encouraged to participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill at 9:30am on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  It makes perfect sense to take the opportunity on the morning of March 5 to practice what you would do if a Tornado Warning is issued for your home, school, business, or work place.

Three main components of the "Be a Force of Nature" theme
  • Know your risk:  the first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family.  Every state in the United States has experienced tornadoes and severe weather, so everyone is exposed to some degree of risk.  Check the weather forecast regularly and visit to learn more about how to be better prepared and how you can protect your family during emergencies.
  • Pledge to take action:  be a force of nature by taking the pledge to prepare at  When you pledge to prepare, you will take the first step to making sure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather.  This includes fill out your family communications plan, putting an emergency kit together, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place, and getting involved.  Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and check to see if your cell phone is equipped to receive wireless emergency alerts and sign up for localized alerts from Emergency Management officials.  Stay informed by having multiple sources for weather alerts.

  • Be an example:  one you have taken action, share your story with your family and friends: Create a YouTube video, post your story on Facebook, comment on a blog, or send a Tweet. Studies show that many people use social media in the event of a disaster to let relatives and friends know they are safe.  This is an important trend because people are most likely to take preparedness steps if they observe the preparations taken by others.  Social media provides the perfect platform to demonstrate preparedness actions for others.

The National Weather Service will highlight ways that individuals can be prepared for Severe Weather, each day during North Carolina Severe Weather Awareness Week.

One of the best sources of local Severe Weather information is local broadcast media.  North Carolina is covered by a total of 10 television markets.  Below is a list of links for primary local media, covering all of North Carolina:

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