Weather Dangers

Find out where to get the latest information you need to protect yourself from dangerous weather.

Beach Safety and Closures

Beach regulations for oceans and lakes vary across the United States. Whether you're enjoying a vacation trip or you're a regular beachcomber, use these tips to keep you safe on the shore and in the water.

Beach Safety

Beach Closures

Sometimes beaches are closed because water testing has found the presence of human or animal waste. This poses a threat to your health and as a precaution, a beach will be closed until further notice. Before you leave home, learn about the rules of the beach you want to visit, as well as swimming advisories. 

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Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are sudden environmental events that have catastrophic consequences, such as loss of life and property damage, including hurricanes, tornados, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, and forest fires.

Learn how to recognize hazards and what to do to protect yourself and your family at’s Natural Disasters website.

Visit the following links for additional information:

Consider using the Federal Emergency Management Agency's free mobile application, Weather the Storm. FEMA's app offers weather alerts, shelter locater, safety tips and information on applying for federal assistance after a disaster. The weather alerts do not replace Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) function available on many new smartphones. 

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Severe Weather Warnings

View the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) severe weather forecasts, warnings, and updates on various forms of hazardous weather:

General information on preparing for severe weather is also available.

Another option for weather alerts, consider the FEMA mobile application, Weather the Storm. The app can give you alerts from the National Weather Service, plus other information such as safety reminders, locate open shelters and share your disaster photos with first responders. The FEMA app does not replace Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) function available on many new smartphones. 

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