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  • It Ain't over Yet Folks - be sure you are prepared for Severe Winter Weather

    While it may be in the 80's in Southern California - Winter isn't over yet. It's been below freezing in the East and Midwest, and even Sunny SoCal and Blazing Arizona can expect more cold.

    Our Friends at JK Mechanical created an infographic to help equip people for emergency storm situations. Sever Weather is still likely to occur this Season, so as Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we thought this was something our readers may find valuable.

    Extreme Weather Guideline It seems that with each season, there is always some type of weather related emergency happening around the nation and even the world. Whether it’s ice, sleet and snow in the winter, heat waves or wild fires in the summer, flooding in the spring, or hurricanes and tornados in the fall, extreme weather can find us. In each of these situations, it’s important to be prepared for anything. By planning ahead, you can ensure the safety of your friends and family. Extreme Weather Guideline
    It seems that with each season, there is always some type of weather related emergency happening around the nation and even the world. Whether it’s ice, sleet and snow in the winter, heat waves or wild fires in the summer, flooding in the spring, or hurricanes and tornados in the fall, extreme weather can find us. In each of these situations, it’s important to be prepared for anything. By planning ahead, you can ensure the safety of your friends and family.

    While this guide can help you in almost any emergency weather situation, you can see their more detailed Winter Weather Emergency Essentials infographic here. Click the button below to check out our printable checklist for things you need before weather emergencies strike!

  • Are You Storm Ready?

    As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we try to share helpful information with our readers about readiness for climatic dangers. This Spring, be sure you home, family and business are Storm Ready!

    Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:

    • 100,000 thunderstorms
    • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
    • 5,000 floods or flash floods
    • 1,000 tornadoes
    • 2 landfalling deadly hurricanes

    And this dangerous weather is in addition to winter storms, intense summer heat, high winds, wild fires and other deadly weather impacts.

    Are you ready to Bug Out or Bunker in? Are you ready to Bug Out or Bunker in?

    Each year across America there are on average 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and 6 named hurricanes. Additionally, about 90 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $14 billion in damage.

    The web links provided on this page will help you determine how your own home town can be affected by the ravages of severe weather. The NWS StormReady and TsunamiReady programs can help you be better prepared to save lives during threatening weather through better planning, education, and awareness.

    All Weather Hazards Information

     

  • First Aid Mart™ is a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™

    We aren't just "Weather Junkies"... while extreme weather certainly affects our business as disaster preparedness providers and survival gear suppliers, there's much more to it than that. Weather is fascinating and frightening. We became Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors™ to help inform our readers and customer about how to prepare for the exigencies sudden weather changes can foist upon us all.

    About Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors™
    The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) effort of partnering with organizations like First Aid Mart™ who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events.

    WRN-AmbassadorAs a WRN Ambassador, First Aid Mart™ commits to working with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather. In effect, the WRN Ambassador initiative helps unify the efforts across government, non-profits, academia, and private industry toward making the nation more ready, responsive, and resilient against extreme environmental hazards. Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) is a strategic outcome where society’s response should be equal to the risk from all extreme weather, water, and climate hazards.

    The WRN Ambassador initiative is a:

    • Unifying effort;
    • Action-oriented;
    • Inclusive; and
    • Force multiplier (i.e., new partnerships lead to even more partnership opportunities).

    WRN Ambassadors serve a pivotal role in affecting societal change — helping to build a nation that is ready, responsive, and resilient to the impacts of extreme weather and water events.WRN

    First Aid Mart™ is an officially recognized as a WRN Ambassador, recognized for committing to:

    • Promoting Weather-Ready Nation messages and themes;
    • Engaging with NOAA personnel on potential collaboration opportunities;
    • Sharing First Aid Mart™ success stories of preparedness and resiliency;
    • Serving as an example by educating employees on workplace preparedness.

    As a WRN Ambassador, First Aid Mart™ serves as a change agent and leader in our online community. First Aid Mart™ strives to inspire others to be better informed and prepared, helping to minimize or even avoid the impacts of these natural disasters.

    Building a Weather-Ready Nation requires more than government alone. It requires the entire Weather Enterprise to provide information for better community, business, and personal decision making, and innovative partnerships across all segments of society. We must involve everyone in an effort to move people – and society – toward heeding warnings, taking action, and influencing their circles of family, friends, and social network to act appropriately.

    The WRN Ambassador initiative is the connecting hub of a vast network of federal, state, and local government agencies; emergency managers and city planners; researchers, the media; the insurance industry; nonprofit organizations; the private sector; and many others who are working together to address the impacts of extreme weather on daily life.

    Together we will inform and empower communities, businesses, and people to make pre-event decisions that can be life-saving and prevent or limit devastating economic losses. We are a nation of many communities, and it is only through connected communities that we will achieve this goal.

    Nest step? First Aid Mart™ encourages you to make a Spring effort by checking out:

    StormReady® / TsunamiReady

    Disaster, Survival, Preparation

    Survival Gear: Disaster, Emergency Preparedness, Camping & Survival Supply
    72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Supplies for Earthquake, Hurricane, Tornado, Twister, Nuclear Disasters, Wilderness Survival & More… C.E.R.T. & F.E.M.A.
    Disaster, Survival, & Preparation!
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:

    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Keep cash on hand
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!
  • DOL provides grant to assist Arkansas with storm recovery efforts - Just as new Tropical Storm Dorian heads in

    The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $1,054,112 National Emergency Grant to assist Arkansas with cleanup and recovery efforts after the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck the state May 30 to June 3. See news release below - But Wait there's more!

    StormTropical Storm Dorian begins westward trek

    Trade winds are pushing Tropical Storm Dorian west-northwest across the Atlantic Ocean.

    The National Hurricane Center said that the center of Dorian, which formed on Wednesday morning, was located about 615 miles west of the Cape Verde Island with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. Present movement is west-northwest at 20 mph.

    The storm is expected to maintain its current course and speed through Friday. Little change in strength is predicted in the next 48 hours.

    Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.

    The present course of Dorian could place it off the north coast of Puerto Rico by Monday night.

    Are you ready to Bug Out? Are you ready to Bug Out?

    News Release

    ETA News Release: [07/23/2013]
    Contact Name: Gloria Della or Jason Kuruvilla
    Email:
    Della.Gloria.D@dol.gov or Kuruvilla.Jason@dol.gov
    Phone Number: (202) 693-4679 or x6587
    Release Number: 13-1466-DAL

    US Department of Labor provides grant to assist Arkansas with storm recovery efforts

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $1,054,112 National Emergency Grant to assist Arkansas with cleanup and recovery efforts after the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck the state May 30 to June 3.

    "The destruction caused by this severe storm affected communities across Arkansas," said Eric Seleznow, acting assistant secretary of labor for employment and training. "There is a great deal of recovery work to be done, and the Labor Department is committed to helping Arkansans rebuild their communities."

    The grant was awarded to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services to restore public lands and infrastructure by providing temporary work to those in need of employment. The funds will be used to assist with cleanup, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed public facilities and lands in affected communities as well as humanitarian assistance. Of the $1,054,112 approved today, $351,371 will be released initially. Additional funding, up to the approved amount, will be made available to the state as it demonstrates a continued need for assistance.

    On June 25, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared 11 counties eligible for FEMA's public assistance program. The state plans to target Cleburne, Independence, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Stone, Van Buren and Woodruff for assistance under this grant. Additional counties may be included at a later date if further evaluation warrants their inclusion. More information on designated disaster areas in Arkansas is available from FEMA at http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4124/designated-areas.

    National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, visithttp://www.doleta.gov/NEG/.

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