Prepare with Cher
ARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY PREPARED FOR THE NEXT NATURAL DISASTER?
As a Broadcast Meteorologist/TV Host, FEMA-certified Natural Disaster Preparedness Instructor/Expert and Communications Specialist, it is Cheryl's passion to raise awareness about severe weather awareness and natural disaster preparedness. An Ambassador with NOAA's Weather Ready Nation, and trained by the American Red Cross and Pet Tech in adult/child and pet CPR & first aid, Cheryl promotes family and pet preparedness through education, speaking engagements, social media and TV programs nationwide. How may Prepare with Cher help you prepare for the next natural disaster?
WHY NATURAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS?
As a scientist, Cheryl understands the force of Mother Nature and she wants Americans to be prepared to ultimately help save lives. The United States is no stranger to disasters and after recent devasting hurricanes, floods and wildfires, natural disasters have been put back in the spotlight. The U.S. can experience natural disasters of all kinds: hurricanes, floods, droughts, nor’easters, winter storms, wildfires, tornadoes, volcanoes, earthquakes, heat waves and even tsunamis! Many disasters can lead to 'public health disasters' and the spread of infectious disease.
Despite that, most Americans have not experienced a Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Katrina - the top two costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. Hurricane Katrina was also the deadliest disaster where 1,836 human lives and countless pets were lost. Despite this, many people still don't think a natural disaster of this magnitude will occur in their hometowns and they feel a false sense of security. In fact, according to a recent report by the American Red Cross, "54 percent of Americans don't prepare because they believe a disaster will not affect them." This is not only an issue in the U.S., but all across the globe! As the global climate changes, extreme weather events are becoming more common. Cheryl believes that we have to come together as a society to make our planet more resilient. She is working to educate people about their disaster risks, encourage them to build a preparedness kit and to have a family-communicated disaster plan. It is not a matter of IF another serious natural disaster will occur...it is a matter of WHEN.