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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Albany NY
800 AM EDT Wed May 3 2017

...Severe Weather Awareness Week Continues...

Today we review severe weather preparedness and safety.

Here are steps you can take before...during and after a storm to
help keep safe this season. Your chances of remaining safe during
severe weather are greater if you follow these safety rules.

Before a storm...develop a plan. Whether at home...school...
work...church or when outdoors...identify a safe place to take
shelter. Conduct frequent drills. Know how to receive the latest
weather information. Know what action you will take when a warning
is issued.

Because all thunderstorms contain deadly lightning...postpone outdoor
activities if thunderstorms are near. Move to a sturdy building or car.
Stay away from tall objects such as towers...isolated trees and telephone
poles. If caught outdoors...find a low spot. Make sure your choice is not
susceptible to flooding. If in the woods...take shelter under smaller trees.
If you are boating or swimming...seek shelter on land immediately. When
thunder roars...go indoors!

If a tornado warning is issued...move to a pre designated place of safety...
preferably a basement or interior room. Stay away from windows. Get as low
to the ground as possible. Cover your head. If caught outdoors and a tornado
threatens...lay flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your
hands. Be aware of flying debris. Flying debris causes most fatalities and
injuries during a tornado. Mobile homes offer little protection from
tornadoes. Evacuate your mobile home and move to your designated place
of shelter.

After the severe weather has cleared...if the power is out...use
flashlights for light. Dont use flammable objects such as candles...torches
or lanterns which can cause fires. Assume all downed wires are energized and
can electrocute you. Report broken utility lines to the utility company. Boil
tap water before use. Do not visit disaster areas.

You should prepare now for the upcoming severe weather season. Saturday is
Americas Prepareathon. Be smart. Take part. Prepare.

Most current wireless devices can receive wireless emergency alerts for
tornadoes and flash flooding. The federal emergency management agency...
FEMA...relays national weather service tornado and flash flood warnings
through cellular carriers to smart phones and other wireless devices.

For more information on Severe Weather Awareness Week...go to our
web site www.weather.gov. Then click on eastern New York or
western New England. Finally...select our severe weather awareness
link.

Tomorrow we look at tornadoes...and conduct our severe weather
communication drill.

$$

DiRienzo



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