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...2017 Severe Weather Awareness Week for Nebraska...

Today marks the third day of Severe Weather Awareness Week for the
state of Nebraska, which continues through Friday, March 31st.

The topic for today is tornadoes.

Know what to do before, during and after a tornado! It could save
your life.

Before a tornado, here are some tips that can help you prepare:

Pick a tornado safe room in your home, school or workplace. A
basement, storm cellar, or an interior room on the lowest floor with
no windows are your best options. Do not seek shelter in large rooms
such as auditoriums or gymnasiums.

Make sure all members of your family know where to go and what to
do. Put together a family communications plan.

Store emergency supplies such as a first aid kit and flashlight with
extra batteries.

Don`t get caught in traffic during a storm! Have a plan well in
advance.

Here are some safety tips that will protect you during a tornado:

If a tornado warning is issued, or you see a tornado approaching,
seek shelter immediately! Remember tornadoes can develop quickly.

If possible, get under something sturdy like a table or work bench.
Stay away from windows and cover up with blankets or pillows to
protect yourself from flying debris.

If you are outside, seek shelter inside a sturdy building.

Mobile homes are never safe during a tornado! Head for a storm
shelter immediately.

If shelter is not nearby or your are in a mobile home, get into a
vehicle, buckle your safety belt and drive to the closest shelter.
Community storm shelters, local businesses with a tornado shelter,
or homes of friends, families, or neighbors that have sturdy shelter
are all better options than being caught outside or in a mobile
home. Sturdy shelter can be a tornado shelter, a safe room, a
basement, or the interior room of a well-built house.

Here are some safety tips for after a tornado occurs:

If you are in an area that was damaged, be careful of debris that
may include sharp and dangerous objects. Be aware there may be
downed power lines and broken gas lines.

Use battery powered flashlights when examining buildings. Do not use
candles which could start a fire.

If inside and you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, get
everyone out of the building quickly and leave the door open. Call
the gas company or fire department.

Use the telephone one for emergency calls so rescue operation lines
are not tied up. Text your family and friends or use social media to
let them know you are okay. Even if you are near an area that
sustained tornado damage, stay off the phone so emergency calls and
communications can get through.

If you were outside of the area damaged, stay away so you do not
hamper rescue operations. Only return to those areas when local law
enforcement gives the all clear.

Additional information on tornadoes can be found at:
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/tornado



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