Natural weather, climate and ocean related disasters annually take thousands of lives and cost billions of dollars in property damage and economic loss.
Improving the science of predicting these events helps to reduce these impacts by informing when and where the events may occur. But most importantly, being prepared for disasters and responding appropriately is the key
The resources below provide background information on the types of natural hazards that NOAA studies, techniques and tools used for prediction, historical patterns of natural disasters, and programs for helping communities prepare for future events.
NOTE: The links below are provided by NOAA and NOAA partners. This is a great starting point for your research but there are many other excellent resources online and in your community that are not listed here.