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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.
FirstNet – a nationwide public safety broadband network for local, state, regional, tribal and federal first responders to emergencies and other public safety personnel, including firefighters and paramedics.
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.
Sometimes communities or individuals must leave their homes because of dangerous weather, fire, chemical accidents, or other emergency situations. Local officials may decide that hazards are serious enough to require evacuations.
Plan how you will get away, and anticipate where you will go. Choose several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency. Ask about evacuation plans at the places where you spend time, including work, school, or other places you frequent.
Be on the alert for evacuation information from local governments through television, radio, or internet news, as well as through text messages, telephone calls, or warning sirens.
Learn how people with particular concerns can prepare for an evacuation:
Radioactive contamination and radiation exposure can occur if radioactive materials are released into the environment as the result of an accident, an event in nature, or an act of terrorism. Such a release could expose people and contaminate their surroundings and personal property.
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.