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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
800 AM CDT FRI MAR 28 2014

...TODAY BEGINS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA...

GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD THE IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT DIVISION...AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAVE
DESIGNATED THE WEEK OF MARCH 24 TO MARCH 28 AS SEVERE WEATHER
AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA.  EACH MORNING THIS WEEK...THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES WILL ISSUE A PUBLIC INFORMATION
STATEMENT FOCUSING ON A DIFFERENT ITEM EACH DAY.  TOPICS THIS YEAR
INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING...

MONDAY...FLASH FLOODING
TUESDAY...WARNING RECEPTION
WEDNESDAY...TORNADOES THURSDAY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
FRIDAY...FAMILY PREPAREDNESS

ATTENTION MEDIA...IN ORDER FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK TO BE
EFFECTIVE...MEDIA COVERAGE IS CRITICAL.  PLEASE USE THE INFORMATION
IN THE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS IN YOUR NEWS PROGRAMS TO HELP
PROMOTE SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY.  WE ALSO ENCOURAGE MEDIA INTERVIEWS.
PLEASE CONTACT JEFF JOHNSON OR THE SENIOR METEOROGIST IF YOU ARE
INTERESTED.

CHECKOUT THE NEW NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES PREPAREDNESS
PAGE. IT IS FULL OF NEW SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION AND
IT IS ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...DES MOINES...WEBSITE UNDER
PREPAREDNESS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

TODAY/S TOPIC IS FAMILY PREPAREDNESS

DISASTERS OF ALL KINDS DISRUPT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES EVERY
YEAR. EACH DISASTER HAS LASTING EFFECTS... BOTH TO PEOPLE AND
PROPERTY. IF A DISASTER OCCURS IN YOUR COMMUNITY... LOCAL GOVERNMENT
AND DISASTER-RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS WILL TRY TO HELP YOU... BUT YOU
NEED TO BE READY AS WELL. LOCAL RESPONDERS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO REACH
YOU IMMEDIATELY... OR THEY MAY NEED TO FOCUS THEIR EFFORTS
ELSEWHERE.  BEING PREPARED FOR A DISASTER CAN REDUCE FEAR...
ANXIETY... AND LOSSES THAT ACCOMPANY DISASTERS.

THERE ARE FIVE KEY ELEMENTS TO A DISASTER PLAN: LEARN ABOUT POSSIBLE
DANGERS IN YOUR AREA AND BECOME FAMILIAR WITH YOUR COMMUNITY/S
DISASTER RESPONSE PLAN. COMMON DISASTERS IN IOWA INCLUDE SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS... TORNADOES AND FLOODING.  TALK TO YOUR FAMILY ABOUT
WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY. PICK TWO LOCATIONS WHERE
YOU WILL MEET...ONE CLOSE TO YOUR HOME AND ANOTHER REMOVED FROM YOUR
NEIGHBORHOOD TO BE USED IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO RETURN TO YOUR
RESIDENCE. DEVELOP A CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS PLAN TO INSURE THAT YOUR
FAMILY WILL BE ABLE TO STAY IN CONTACT IF YOU ARE SEPARATED DURING A
DISASTER. CREATE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KITS FOR YOUR HOME... OFFICE
AND CAR. PRACTICE YOUR PLAN!

ASSEMBLE A DISASTER KIT...A DISASTER PLIES KIT IS A COLLECTION OF
BASIC ITEMS THAT MEMBERS OF A HOUSEHOLD MAY NEED IN THE EVENT OF A
DISASTER. AN EFFECTIVE DISASTER KIT CONTAINS ENOUGH FOOD... WATER
AND OTHER SUPPLIES FOR EACH PERSON TO LAST THREE DAYS. HERE IS A
BASIC LIST OF ITEMS TO INCLUDE IN A KIT...
FOOD AND WATER
BATTERY OR HAND CRANK OPERATED RADIO
FLASH LIGHT AND EXTRA BATTERIES
FIRST AID PLIES
CLOTHING... SHOES AND BLANKETS
WHISTLE
CASH AND COINS
PHOTOCOPIES OF IMPORTANT FAMILY DOCUMENTS SUCH AS
ID/S AND CREDIT CARDS
BABY NEEDS
SANITATION ITEMS SUCH AS HAND SANITIZER AND TOILET PAPER
SPECIALTY ITEMS SUCH AS PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS AND EYEGLASSES
GAMES TO PASS THE TIME

DEVELOP A FAMILY EVACUATION PLAN EVACUATIONS ARE MORE COMMON THAN
PEOPLE REALIZE. HUNDREDS OF TIMES EACH YEAR... TRANSPORTATION AND
INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS RELEASE HARMFUL SUBSTANCES... FORCING THOUSANDS
OF PEOPLE TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES. FIRE AND FLOODS CAUSE EVACUATIONS
EVEN MORE FREQUENTLY.

TIPS FOR A GOOD EVACUATION PLAN...
PLAN ROUTES FROM YOUR RESIDENCE TO A SAFE LOCATION. PLAN FOR WHAT
YOU WOULD NEED TO TAKE WITH YOU SHOULD YOU NEED TO LEAVE YOUR HOME
FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME.

ENSURE ALL FAMILY MEMBERS KNOW WHERE TO GO SHOULD YOU BE SEPARATED.
RADIO MESSAGES WILL INFORM YOU OF SPECIFIC ROUTES AND SHELTER AREAS
SHOULD A MAJOR INCIDENT OCCUR.

IF YOU SHOULD BE EVACUATED...IT IS IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW RECOMMENDED
EVACUATION ROUTES...DO NOT TAKE SHORTCUTS AS THEY MAY BE BLOCKED. BE
ALERT FOR WASHED-OUT ROADS AND BRIDGES AND DOWNED POWER LINES. IF
YOU HAVE TIME...BE SURE TO SECURE YOUR HOME BEFORE LEAVING AND LET
OTHERS KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING.

DON/T FORGET PETS IF YOU ARE LIKE MILLIONS OF ANIMAL OWNERS
NATIONWIDE...YOUR PET IS AN IMPORTANT MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY...SO
MAKE PLANS FOR YOUR PETS TOO. FOR PUBLIC HEALTH REASONS...MOST
SHELTERS DO NOT ACCEPT PETS. PREPARE A LIST OF KENNELS...FRIENDS AND
FAMILY MEMBERS WHO MAY BE ABLE TO CARE FOR YOUR PET IN AN EMERGENCY.
PACK AN EMERGENCY KIT FOR YOUR PETS AS WELL. THE KIT SHOULD INCLUDE
A PLY OF PET FOOD...WATER...MEDICATIONS...VETERINARY RECORDS AND
ITEMS LIKE CAT LITTER. MAKE SURE IDENTIFICATION TAGS ARE UP TO DATE
AND SECURELY FASTENED TO YOUR PET/S COLLAR. IT IS ALSO A GOOD IDEA
TO HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH OF YOU AND YOUR PET AS THIS CAN ESTABLISH
OWNERSHIP IF YOUR PET IS LOST.

PREPARE YOUR HOME THERE ARE NUMEROUS STEPS YOU CAN TAKE IN AND
AROUND YOUR HOME TO HELP LIMIT THE DAMAGE DONE BY SEVERE WEATHER.
CONSIDER TAKING THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS BEFORE SEVERE WEATHER BLOWS
THROUGH TOWN...

FLOODING...
ELEVATE THE FURNACE...WATER HEATER AND ELECTRIC PANEL IN
YOUR HOME IF YOU LIVE IN AN AREA THAT HAS A HIGH FLOOD RISK.
CONSIDER INSTALLING SEWER BACKFLOW VALVES.
ADD WATERPROOF VENEER TO EXTERIOR WALLS.

THUNDERSTORMS AND STRONG WINDS...
REMOVE DEAD OR ROTTING TREE
BRANCHES THAT COULD FALL AND CAUSE INJURY OR DAMAGE.
SECURE OUTDOOR OBJECTS THAT COULD BLOW AWAY OR CAUSE DAMAGE.
SHUTTER WINDOWS AND SECURE OUTSIDE DOORS.

THIS CONCLUDES SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK 2014.

JEFF JOHNSON
WARNING AND COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/DESMOINES



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