Extreme weather can affect all of us—keep you & your family safe by learning about the variety of severe weather conditions and how to prepare for each possibility.

What Is Severe Weather?

Severe weather refers to any dangerous meteorological phenomena with the potential to cause damage, serious social disruption, or loss of human life. Severe weather phenomena vary, depending on:

  • Latitude
  • Altitude
  • Topography
  • Atmospheric conditions

Examples of severe weather include high winds, hail, excessive precipitations, wildfires, thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, heat waves, tropical cyclones, blizzards, snowstorms, ice storms, and dust storms. Check for severe weather alerts for your area on this map.

Protect Yourself—Be Prepared!

By the time severe weather hits, it’s already too late. Emergency & disaster preparedness is about having an established safety plan and provisions. So, stay informed, make a plan, and remain safe in during a natural disaster!

The first step to disaster preparedness is to make a Family Preparedness Plan. Meet with your family or household members and discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.

Make sure you figure out a place to meet in case you are separated during an emergency. Ideally, there will be 2 locations—one right outside your home, and one out-of-town location.

Next prepare your Family Emergency Supplies Kit, and don’t forget your pets! See our list of recommended items here.

Visit the American Red Cross for more information about emergency & disaster preparedness. You can also purchase emergency supply kits online.

Learn More About Severe Weather Conditions

The more you know about potential weather threats, the better you will weather the storm. Click on any severe weather conditions present in your area to learn more: