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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.