Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Buffalo, NY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
830 AM EDT SUN APR 30 2017

...SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK BEGINS...

The National Weather Service and the New York State Office of
Emergency Management have proclaimed April 30 to May 6 Severe
Weather Awareness Week in New York State. The National Weather
Service will be working in partnership with several agencies of the
New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission and the New York
State Broadcasters Association to inform residents of the potential
dangers associated with flash flooding, tornadoes, and severe
thunderstorms.

We will also recommend ways New Yorkers can protect themselves and
their families from those hazards. These safety tips will be issued
as Public Information Statements as well as Facebook posts and
Twitter feeds throughout the week. All media outlets are being urged
to disseminate these important messages to their readers, viewers,
and listeners.

Communications capabilities for warning dissemination will be tested
across the Empire State during a hazardous weather drill scheduled
for Thursday May 4th at 1:15 PM. These capabilities include the
National Oceanic and Atomospheric Administration`s NOAA All Hazards
Weather Radio (NWR). Volunteer broadcasters will use this
opportunity to test the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

Internally, the communications drills will give National Weather
Service staff the opportunity to practice skills usually applied
under stress. Externally, the statewide drills give public safety
and preparedness officials, the broadcast media, and all New Yorkers
the opportunity to test their planned methods of receiving emergency
weather messages. Recipients of the warning messages such as
schools, hospitals, nursing homes, businesses, and individuals can
use this opportunity to see if they are prepared to deal effectively
with sudden, dangerous weather situations. Practicing our response
to hazardous weather or flood threats can pay big dividends when
actual disasters occur.

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HITCHCOCK/LEVAN



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