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Earth Gauge Tip of the Week — September is National Preparedness Month

In 2011, the United States saw a record 14 weather and climate disasters that caused one billion dollars or more in damages - from flooding in the Upper Midwest to tornadoes in the Southeast and wildfires in the West.  And 2012 has been no stranger to extreme weather and climate conditions either, with massive wildfires, extreme heat, drought and recent flooding impacts from Hurricane Isaac.

Viewer Tip:  September is National Preparedness Month - the perfect time to make sure you have the supplies and information you need to stay safe if a natural disaster or other emergency occurs in your area.

Watch a video to learn more about preparing for disasters.

(Sources: NOAA.. “Extreme Weather 2011.”; FEMA Ready.  Image courtesy of FEMA Ready.)