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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
601 AM CDT WED MAR 25 2015

...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALONG WITH NEBRASKA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND
THE IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY DIVISION HAVE DECLARED
MARCH 23 THROUGH MARCH 27 AS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK. EACH
DAY DURING THE AWARENESS WEEK WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A
DIFFERENT SEVERE WEATHER RELATED TOPIC. TODAY/S TOPIC IS:

KNOW WHAT TO DO BEFORE...DURING AND AFTER A TORNADO.

KNOWING WHAT TO DO BEFORE...DURING AND AFTER A TORNADO COULD SAVE
YOUR LIFE. HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.

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 ARE STORED THERE IN CASE YOU NEED THEM.
...PUT TOGETHER A FAMILY COMMUNICATIONS PLAN.
...YOU SHOULD ALSO 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 A RECREATIONAL VEHICLE...YOU SHOULD HEAD
FOR A STORM SHELTER.
...IF YOU CANNOT QUICKLY WALK TO A SHELTER IMMEDIATELY GET INTO A
VEHICLE...BUCKLE YOUR SEAT BELT AND TRY TO DRIVE TO THE CLOSEST
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 AND 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 FRIENDS AND FAMILY 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.

VISIT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OM/SEVEREWEATHER FOR MORE INFORMATION.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
BRIAN SMITH
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OMAHA
402-359-5166

CATHY ZAPOTOCNY
METEOROLOGIST/ASSISTANT WCM
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OMAHA
402-359-5166

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