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Volume XIV - Number 3
Editor: Brian Barjenbruch  Web Editor: Steven Lindenberg
June 2009
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Severe Weather Awareness at the Mall a Success
by Kelsey Angle

The Springfield National Weather Service Forecast Office in coordination with several partner organizations hosted a Severe Weather Awareness Day at Battlefield Mall on March 14, 2009. Nearly 60,000 shoppers were exposed to severe weather awareness and preparedness information to mitigate the hazards of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash flooding and lightning.

"Now is the time to plan and prepare for the impacts of severe weather. It’s not a matter if severe weather will occur; it’s a matter of when." said Steve Runnels, Warning Coordination Meteorologist. To help the public plan and prepare for the upcoming severe weather season, organizations offered a variety of educational information and interactive booths. National Weather Service meteorologists conducted severe weather safety presentations and discussed the dangers of tornadoes via a tornado simulator and booth. American Red Cross provided life saving medical information and sold NOAA Weather Radios.

Greene County Emergency Management discussed the Hometown Ready and Community Emergency Response Team programs. Amateur Radio Operators demonstrated the importance of communication during severe weather and disaster recovery efforts. KTTS 94.7 FM distributed Storm Alert Maps and interviewed NWS meteorologists. KOLR 10-TV and KSFX-TV conducted a Kidcast contest where kids were recorded presenting a weather forecast and featured on a morning newscast.

Battlefield Mall hosted the Kidgits Kids Club and a weather coloring contest.  "The fostering of partnerships integrated with the visibility of mall traffic led to a successful event with thousands going home with life saving information." said Kelsey Angle, Meteorologist.

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