Military Families & Disaster Preparedness: Safety Tips During the Holidays

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This week, we are taking a detour from resources that concentration areas offer to focus on promoting safety during the holiday season.  During these winter months, different regions of the country can be affected by disasters in various ways, which can cost the public billions of dollars.  Whether you are traveling or staying at home during the holidays, becoming familiar with threats in your area and preparing for them beforehand can help keep you and your family safe.

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There is a wealth of knowledge regarding winter weather safety through federal programs like National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), the National Weather Service (NWS) ,the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) , and Ready.

The NWS specifically has a campaign for the public to “Be A Force of Nature”.  This effort promotes building community resiliency with increasing vulnerability to weather events.  You will find practical tips that can be used in any climate to keep you and your loved ones safe, such as purchasing a NOAA weather radio, creating a disaster supply kit, and being an example to others in your community.  Be sure to browse through their other winter safety resources including how to recognize signs of hypothermia, how to equip your car for traveling, or how to keep pets and farm animals safe.  Additionally, with children out of school during winter breaks, take this opportunity to educate them as well with Owlie Skywarn, a fun and interactive way for children to learn about basic weather safety.

No matter where the holidays take you this year, we urge you to plan ahead for the safety of yourself and your family.  We truly hope that you are enjoying rest and relaxation with those you love.  Happy Holidays from MFLN Community Capacity Building!

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