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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Charleston WV
704 AM EDT Wed Mar 22 2017

...Public Information Statement for WV Awareness Week...

Today is the third day of the West Virginia severe weather awareness
week.  West Virginia Severe weather awareness week runs through
Saturday March 25, 2017.

The National Weather Service, in conjunction with the West Virginia
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will issue
information about severe weather in West Virginia throughout the
week.

The goal of Severe Weather Awareness Week is to heighten everyone`s
knowledge of the dangers of flooding, severe thunderstorms and
tornadoes, and to provide information to help everyone get prepared
for severe weather before it occurs.

Daily statements will be issued during the week.  Your local
National Weather Service office will be available throughout
Awareness Week for questions.

Today`s focus will be Tornados and Severe Thunderstorms. Do you know
the safest place to seek shelter at home, school and work?

Here are some Tornado safety tips to help you out.

1. IN HOMES OR SMALL BUILDINGS. Go to the basement, if available or
to an interior room on the lowest floor, such as a closet or
bathroom. Wrap yourself in overcoats or blankets to protect yourself
from flying debris.

2. IN SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, FACTORIES, OR SHOPPING CENTERS. Go to
interior rooms and halls on the lowest floor. Stay away from glass
enclosed places or areas with wide span roofs such as auditoriums
and warehouses. Crouch down and cover your head.

3. IN HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS. Go to interior small rooms or halls. Stay
away from exterior walls or glassy areas.

4. IN CARS OR MOBILE HOMES, ABANDON THEM IMMEDIATELY! Most deaths
occur in cars and mobile homes.  If you are in either of those
locations, leave them and go to a substantial structure or
designated tornado shelter.

5. IF NO SUITABLE STRUCTURE IS NEARBY, Lie flat in the nearest ditch
or depression and use your hands to cover your head.

Other information on Tornado safety can be found on web at
www.Weather.gov/rlx or Call your local National weather service
office or the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and
Emergency Management for further information.

We invite you to participate in this year`s Severe Weather Awareness
Week campaign. Spread the word, learn safety steps you can take to
protect yourself and family, develop a disaster plan.

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