Natural and Weather-related Disasters
Weather-related and natural disasters appear to becoming more frequent with more severe outcomes throughout the United States and the world. 90% of all presidential declared disasters are weather-related resulting in an average of 500 deaths per year and $14 billion in damage.
Weather predictions have become much more accurate but even with all the technology available, the extent of storm-related damage involves many variables, one of which relates to the awareness and actions of the people being affected by the storm. Some natural disasters, (earthquakes, tsunamis) may be beyond our control with respect to predictions and adequate public warning systems and often result in high fatalities.
Winter in NYS can be challenging. Resources are available to help you safely survive heavy snow storms, freezing temperatures and power outages.
Drought preparedness and recovery resources for residents and farmers.
Flooding preparedness and recovery resources for residents and farmers.
What is a hurricane and steps you can take to be safe during one.
Tornado damage is becoming more common and more intense. Tornado preparedness and recovery resources.
Severe thunderstorms involve deadly lightning and can produce tornadoes even in NYS. Do you know the 30/30 rule?
Are you ready for disasters from space? Extraterrestrial hazard information and preparedness resources.
The National Weather Service's project to help communities be better prepared for severe weather.
Provides preparedness information and safety tips on natural disasters that are most relevant to NYS residents.
The National Weather Service's storms and hazards portal providing information on current weather-related conditions.
American Red Cross - preparedness information.
Hurricane/Tornado Recovery Efforts and Clean-Up Hazards FactSheet