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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHEYENNE WY
736 AM MDT FRI MAR 28 2014

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

2014 SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK FOR NEBRASKA

TODAY IS FRIDAY AND MARKS THE FINAL DAY OF SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS
WEEK FOR THE STATE OF NEBRASKA. WE HOPE THAT YOU HAVE FOUND THE
INFORMATION PRESENTED THIS WEEK HELPFUL IN YOUR PREPARATION FOR
THE SEVERE WEATHER SEASON.

SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK PROVIDES THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEST COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS AND TO GET
POTENTIALLY LIFESAVING INFORMATION O UT TO THE PUBLIC. NOW IS THE
TIME FOR PEOPLE TO REVIEW THEIR SAFETY PLANS AND BE PREPARED FOR
SEVERE WEATHER SEASON.

THE FINAL TOPIC FOR THIS WEEK IS FLOODING.

ON AVERAGE...MORE PEOPLE ARE KILLED BY FLOODING THAN BY ANY OTHER
SINGLE SEVERE WEATHER HAZARD...INCLUDING TORNADOES...
LIGHTNING...AND HURRICANES. MOST OF THESE DEATHS OCCUR WHEN PEOPLE
ARE TRAPPED IN THEIR VEHICLES...AND AT NIGHT...WHEN IT IS MORE
DIFFICULT TO RECOGNIZE FLOOD DANGERS.

IF A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED...OR WHEN FLASH FLOODING IS
IMMINENT OR OCCURRING...ACT QUICKLY TO PROTECT YOU AND YOUR
FAMILY. GET OUT OF AREAS THAT ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING AND MOVE TO
A SAFE AREA BEFORE ACCESS IS CUT OFF BY FLOOD WATERS. LOW SPOTS
SUCH AS DIPS...CANYONS...AND WASHES ARE NOT THE PLACES YOU WANT TO
BE DURING FLOODING. IF YOU ARE ADVISED TO EVACUATE...DO SO
IMMEDIATELY AND REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING SAFETY TIPS.

DO NOT DRIVE IF NOT NECESSARY. IF DRIVING IS NECESSARY...DO NOT
ATTEMPT TO DRIVE OVER A FLOODED ROAD OR THROUGH FLOWING WATER. THE
DEPTH OF THE WATER IS NOT ALWAYS OBVIOUS...AND THE ROADWAY MAY NO
LONGER BE INTACT UNDER THE WATER. NEVER DRIVE AROUND A
BARRICADE...AS THEY ARE PLACED THERE FOR YOUR PROTECTION. IF YOUR
V EHICLE STALLS... LEAVE IT IMMEDIATELY AND MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND
BEFORE WATER SWEEPS YOU AND YOUR VEHICLE AWAY. TWO FEET OF
QUICKLY MOVING WATER IS ENOUGH TO FLOAT AND SWEEP AWAY MOST
VEHICLES...INCLUDING TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES. IF YOU
APPROACH A ROADWAY THAT IS FLOODED...TURN AROUND...DON`T DROWN.

NEVER TRY TO WALK...SWIM...OR PLAY IN FLOOD WATER. YOU MAY NOT BE
ABLE TO DETERMINE IF THERE ARE HOLES OR SUBMERGED DEBRIS. YOU MAY
NOT BE ABLE TO DETERMINE HOW QUICKLY THE WATER IS FLOWING...AND
YOU MAY BE SWEPT AWAY. IF THE WATER IS MOVING QUICKLY...AS LITTLE
AS SIX INCHES OF WATER CAN KNOCK YOU OFF YOUR FEET. THERE IS ALSO
A DANGER OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS POLLUTING THE WATER. ALSO REMEMBER
THAT WATER IS AN ELECTRICAL CONDUCTOR...AND IF THERE ARE POWER
LINES DOWN...THERE IS A POSSIBILITY OF ELECTROCUTION. BE
ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE FLOOD
DANGERS.

ANYTIME THE THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER EXISTS...STAY UPDATED ON
THE LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION BY GOING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE WEBSITE...HTTP://WWW.WEATHE R.GOV...OR BY TUNING IN TO
NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS...OR YOUR LOCAL TELEVISION AND
RADIO STATION. MAKE SURE TO WATCH FOR SIGNS FOR APPROACHING
STORMS...SUCH AS DARKENING SKIES...INCREASING WINDS...FLASHES OF
LIGHTNING...AND THUNDER.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CAN BE FOUND
AT: HTTP://WWW .WEATHER.GOV/CHEYENNE.

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