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March 3-9 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. This year, after a devastating fire season, we're focusing on fire weather and how you can be prepared.

There are three great tips to make sure you are prepared and that you can be your own "Force of Nature." Know your risks, take action and be an example

  1. Know your risks
    • From 2012, these statistics show how wildfires have a significant impact across the country:
    • 11 firefighters lost their lives
    • 67,774 wildfires burned 9.3 million acres
    • 4,244 structures were destroyed, including 2,216 residences
    • Families that live near wilderness areas need to realize that another dry year could bring wildfires to their doorstep and beyond, leading to destroyed belongings and evacuations.

You can get emergency information on Twitter by following the National Weather Service (@nwssaltlakecity), UtahFireInfo.gov (@utahwildfire) and the Utah Division of Emergency Management (@utahemergency).

2. Take action
  • This is a great time to begin making plans for communicating in an emergency, gathering supplies for a grab and go kit and knowing how to evacuate from your home and neighborhood.
  • Be Force of Nature by taking the Pledge to Prepare at ready.gov/severe-weather. When you pledge to prepare, you will take the first step to making sure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather
  • Stay informed by having multiple sources for weather alerts - NOAA Weather Radio, an adaptive weather radios for individuals with access and functional needs, NWS Weather Wire Service, Weather.gov, and Wireless Emergency Alerts. Subscribe to receive alerts at www.weather.gov/subscribe.

3. Be an example

  • Once you Pledge to Prepare, make sure to tell your friends, family and co-workers in person or via social media.
  • Post your story or share with Be Ready Utah on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr or Pheed.
  • Even though earthquakes aren't a weather event, you can join the Great Utah ShakeOut, happening April 17 at 10:15 a.m. and practice your emergency plans with 1 million other Utahns. Currently, 640,000 are signed up to participate.

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