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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HASTINGS NE
625 AM CDT WED MAR 25 2015

...NEBRASKA SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HASTINGS NEBRASKA HAS DECLARED MARCH
23RD THROUGH MARCH 27TH AS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK. EACH DAY
DURING THE WEEK WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT SEVERE
WEATHER RELATED TOPIC.

KNOW WHAT TO DO BEFORE...DURING AND AFTER A TORNADO! IT COULD SAVE
YOUR LIFE.

BEFORE:
- PICK A TORNADO SAFE ROOM IN YOUR HOME SUCH AS A BASEMENT...STORM
CELLAR OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR WITH NO WINDOWS.
- MAKE SURE ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY KNOW WHERE TO GO.
- STORE EMERGENCY SUPPLIES SUCH AS A FIRST AID KIT AND FLASHLIGHTS
WITH EXTRA BATTERIES.
- PUT TOGETHER A FAMILY COMMUNICATIONS PLAN.
- YOU SHOULD IDENTIFY A SAFE LOCATION AT WORK OR SCHOOL.

DURING:
- WHEN A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED...YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY GO TO A
TORNADO SAFE ROOM.
- IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE...YOU NEED TO SEEK SHELTER INSIDE A STURDY
BUILDING.
- MOBILE HOMES ARE NEVER SAFE DURING A TORNADO. IF YOU ARE IN A
MOBILE HOME OR RECREATIONAL VEHICLE...YOU SHOULD HEAD FOR A STORM
SHELTER.
- IF YOU CANNOT QUICKLY WALK TO A SHELTER...IMMEDIATELY GET INTO A
VEHICLE...BUCKLE YOUR SAFETY BELT AND DRIVE TO THE CLOSES STURDY
SHELTER.

AFTER:
- IF YOU ARE IN AN AREA THAT WAS DAMAGED...BE CAREFUL OF DEBRIS THAT
MAY INCLUDE SHARP OR DANGEROUS OBJECTS AND WATCH OUT FOR DOWNED
POWER LINES AND BROKEN GAS LINES.
- USE BATTERY POWERED FLASHLIGHTS WHEN EXAMINING BUILDINGS. DO NOT
USE CANDLES WHICH COULD START A FIRE.
- IF YOU SMELL GAS OR HEAR A BLOWING OR HISSING NOISE...OPEN A
WINDOW AND GET EVERYONE OUT OF THE BUILDING QUICKLY. THEN CALL THE
GAS COMPANY OR FIRE DEPARTMENT.
- USE THE TELEPHONE ONLY FOR EMERGENCY CALLS SO RESCUE OPERATION
LINES ARE NOT TIED UP. TEXT YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO LET THEM KNOW
YOU ARE OK.
- IF YOU WERE OUTSIDE OF THE AREA DAMAGED BY THE TORNADO...STAY OFF
THE PHONE SO THAT EMERGENCY CALLS CAN GET THROUGH. USE TEXT MESSAGES
AND SOCIAL MEDIA TO LET YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY KNOW YOU ARE OK.
- STAY AWAY FROM AREAS THAT WERE DAMAGED SO YOU DO NOT HAMPER RESCUE
OPERATIONS. ONLY RETURN TO AREAS THAT WERE DAMAGED WHEN LOCAL LAW
ENFORCEMENT GIVES THE ALL CLEAR.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY VISIT
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OM/SEVEREWEATHER.

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