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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OHIO
815 AM EST WED NOV 19 2014

...OHIO WINTER SAFETY WEEK 2014: NOVEMBER 16TH THROUGH NOVEMBER 22ND...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL
TOPIC EACH WEEK DAY DURING SAFETY WEEK. TODAY`S TOPIC:

              BE PREPARED...BEFORE THE STORM STRIKES!

NORMALLY...WHEN A WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED...THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE WILL ISSUE A WINTER STORM WATCH 24 TO 36 HOURS IN ADVANCE. A
WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS EXIST FOR THE POSSIBLE
OCCURRENCE OF SEVERE WINTER WEATHER SUCH AS BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS...HEAVY SNOW...SIGNIFICANT FREEZING RAIN...OR HEAVY SLEET.

THE ISSUANCE OF THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS YOUR SIGNAL TO PREPARE FOR
THE STORM NOW. ONCE THE STORM BEGINS, TRAVEL MAY BE TOO DANGEROUS OR
IMPOSSIBLE.

PREPARING AT HOME (AND AT WORK)...

REMAINING INDOORS PROTECTED FROM THE ELEMENTS IS THE SAFEST PLACE
DURING A WINTER STORM. THE PRIMARY CONCERN OF INDOOR SHELTER IS THE
POTENTIAL LOSS OF HEAT...POWER...TELEPHONE SERVICE AND A SHORTAGE OF
SUPPLIES IF THE STORM PERSISTS FOR MORE THAN A DAY.

HAVE AVAILABLE:
   -FLASHLIGHT WITH EXTRA BATTERIES;
   -BATTERY POWERED NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND PORTABLE RADIO;
   -EXTRA FOOD AND WATER, ESPECIALLY HIGH ENERGY FOOD THAT REQUIRES
    NO COOKING OR REFRIGERATION SUCH AS DRIED FRUIT AND CANNED GOODS
    (DON`T FORGET THE NON-ELECTRIC CAN OPENER);
   -MEDICINE, FIRST AID SUPPLIES, AND AMPLE BABY SUPPLIES;
   -EMERGENCY HEATING SOURCE, SUCH AS A STOCKED FIREPLACE, WOOD STOVE,
    OR SPACE HEATER.
   -SMOKE DETECTOR AND FIRE EXTINGUISHER, THE CHANCE OF FIRE INCREASES
    DRAMATICALLY USING ALTERNATIVE HEATING!

DON`T FORGET...YOU MAY NOT BE AT HOME WHEN THE STORM STRIKES! HAVE
EMERGENCY SUPPLIES AVAILABLE AT YOUR PLACE OF WORK.

PREPARING THE CAR OR TRUCK...

ABOUT 70% OF DEATHS DURING AN ICE OR SNOW STORM OCCUR IN A VEHICLE! IF
YOU WONDER IF YOU SHOULD ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL...THEN DON`T! IF YOU MUST
TRAVEL...THEN ALLOW EXTRA TIME. REDUCE YOUR SPEED AND DO NOT ATTEMPT
TO MAKE SUDDEN TURNS OR STOPS. WINTERIZE THE VEHICLE SO IT WILL BE
RELIABLE. THIS INCLUDES A GOOD SET OF TIRES. OTHER ITEMS NECESSARY FOR
THE CAR OR TRUCK INCLUDE:

   -DRY BLANKET(S) OR SLEEPING BAG;
   -EXTRA DRY CLOTHING;
   -FLASHLIGHT WITH EXTRA BATTERIES;
   -HIGH CALORIE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD;
   -SNOW SHOVEL, WINDSHIELD SCRAPER, AND BRUSH;
   -SACK OF SAND, ROCK SALT, OR KITTY LITTER FOR TRACTION;
   -BOOSTER CABLES;
   -FIRST AID KIT AND A SMALL CONTAINER FOR WATER;
   -MAPS, COMPASS, KNIFE, AND WATER PROOF MATCHES.

ON THE FARM: ANIMALS MUST BE MOVED TO SHELTERED AREAS. EXTRA FEED
SHOULD BE HAULED NEARBY FOR EASY ACCESS. HAVE PLENTY OF WATER
AVAILABLE AND MAKE SURE IT DOES NOT FREEZE. MOST ANIMAL DEATHS DURING
WINTER STORMS OCCUR FROM DEHYDRATION.

KEEP ABREAST OF THE LATEST NWS WEATHER FORECAST. LISTEN TO NOAA
WEATHER RADIO AND YOUR LOCAL RADIO AND TV STATION FOR UPDATED STORM
INFORMATION. BEING PREPARED BEFORE THE STORM HITS WILL KEEP YOU AND
YOUR FAMILY FROM UNNECESSARY RISK!


$$

GARY GARNET...WARNING AND COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST...NWS
CLEVELAND





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