The National Weather Service urges people to "Be a Force of Nature" by taking the next step during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. "Know your risk. Take action. Be an example."

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- March 2-8 marks National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, with the National Weather Service, NOAA, and FEMA urging people to be weather-ready by taking the next step.

According to NWS, there were seven weather and climate disasters in the U.S. in 2013 alone, including severe tornadoes, a major flood event, and the western drought/heat wave. Events such as those have prompted officials to help us prepare.

Officials ask that we know our risk, take action, and be an example to others in our community.

Check out these materials on being prepared:

Other weather preparedness weeks:

  • Flood Awareness Week: Mar 16-22, 2014
  • Tsunami Awareness Week: Mar 23-29, 2014
  • Air Quality Awareness Week: Apr 28-May 3, 2014
  • Safe Boating Week: May 17-23, 2014
  • Heat Awareness Day: May 23, 2014
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 25-May 31, 2014
  • Rip Current Awareness Week: Jun 1-7, 2014
  • Lightning Safety Awareness Week: Jun 22-28, 2014
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