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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
900 AM CST SAT MAR 7 2015

...MARCH 1 THROUGH MARCH 7 IS SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK
IN ILLINOIS. TODAYS SUBJECT...HAVE REDUNDANT METHODS TO RECEIVE
WEATHER WARNINGS...

TODAY...A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF TORNADOES...NEW TECHNOLOGY SUCH AS
DUAL POL DOPPLER RADAR...FASTER COMMUNICATIONS...AND BETTER SKYWARN
STORM SPOTTING NETWORKS...ALLOW METEOROLOGISTS TO PROVIDE MORE
ACCURATE AND TIMELY WARNINGS FOR DESTRUCTIVE TORNADOES AND SEVERE
STORMS. BUT IN ORDER FOR THE WARNINGS TO BE EFFECTIVE...PEOPLE MUST
RECEIVE THE WARNINGS IN A TIMELY MANNER AND TAKE PROPER ACTIONS TO
PROTECT THEMSELVES.

THE BEST WAY TO RECEIVE SEVERE WEATHER WATCHES AND WARNINGS IS WITH
A TONE ALERT...NOAA ALL HAZARDS WEATHER RADIO. A WEATHER RADIO
WILL GIVE YOU SEVERE WEATHER INFORMATION DIRECT FROM YOUR LOCAL
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE. WATCHES AND WARNINGS ARE PRECEDED
BY A TONE ALERT THAT CAN AUTOMATICALLY ACTIVATE YOUR RADIO AND GET
YOUR ATTENTION WITH A HIGH PITCHED ALARM...EVEN IF STORMS HIT IN THE
MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. S. A. M. E. EQUIPPED RADIOS CAN BE PROGRAMMED
TO ONLY ALERT YOU TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS FOR A SPECIFIC COUNTY...OR
GROUP OF COUNTIES.

IN ADDITION...THE RADIOS CAN ALERT YOU TO A NON WEATHER EMERGENCY
SUCH AS A HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SPILL OR CHILD ABDUCTION.

WEATHER RADIOS CAN BE PURCHASED AT MANY ELECTRONICS AND DEPARTMENT
STORES FOR 30 TO 80 DOLLARS. THEY ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR HOMES...
SCHOOLS...HOSPITALS...NURSING HOMES...DAY CARE CENTERS...AND
BUSINESSES. YOU SHOULD ALSO TAKE ONE ALONG WHEN BOATING OR CAMPING.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WEATHER RADIO CAN BE FOUND AT
WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/NWR/INDEX.HTML

REMEMBER...SIRENS ARE OUTDOOR WARNING SYSTEMS AND SHOULD NOT BE YOUR
PRIMARY METHOD OF RECEIVING TORNADO WARNINGS.

YOU CAN GET UP TO THE MINUTE FORECASTS...WATCHES...WARNINGS...STORM
REPORTS...RADAR IMAGES...SATELLITE PICTURES...CLIMATE DATA...SEVERE
WEATHER SAFETY INFORMATION...AND MORE FROM NOAAS NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE ONLINE AT WEATHER.GOV. YOU CAN VIEW WARNINGS GRAPHICALLY TO
SEE IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF A WARNED STORM. FOR YOUR MOBILE DEVICE
YOU CAN GO TO MOBILE.WEATHER.GOV.

FOR NORTHEAST ILLINOIS GO TO WEATHER.GOV/CHICAGO
FOR NORTHWEST ILLINOIS GO TO WEATHER.GOV/QUADCITIES
FOR CENTRAL ILLINOIS GO TO WEATHER.GOV/LINCOLN
FOR SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS GO TO WEATHER.GOV/STLOUIS
FOR FAR SOUTH ILLINOIS GO TO WEATHER.GOV/PADUCAH

ALTHOUGH NOT DIRECTLY PROVIDED BY NWS...THERE ARE MANY VENDORS WHO
PROVIDE WEATHER APPS FOR SMART PHONES...WHICH CAN SEND WATCHES AND
WARNINGS TO YOUR PHONE.

THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATION COMMISSION...DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND
SECURITY...AND NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAVE TEAMED UP WITH THE
NATIONS WIRELESS PHONE SERVICE PROVIDERS...WHO WILL BROADCAST
WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERTS TO MOBILE DEVICES FOR TORNADOES...FLASH
FLOODS AND OTHER LIFE THREATENING EVENTS. IF YOU HAVE A DEVICE THAT
IS CAPABLE OF RECEIVING WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERTS...AND YOU ARE
WITHIN RANGE OF A CELL PHONE TOWER THAT IS IN A WARNED AREA...YOU
WILL RECEIVE AN ALERT. IT WILL BE LIKE A TEXT MESSAGE BUT WITH A
DISTINCT TONE. FOR MORE INFORMATION...GO TO
WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/COM/WEATHERREADYNATION/WEA.HTML. FOR INFORMATION
ABOUT YOUR DEVICE...CONTACT YOUR WIRELESS SERVICE PROVIDER OR VISIT
WWW.CTIA.ORG/WEA.









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