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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY
547 PM EDT MON OCT 13 2014

...SAFETY RULES FOR TORNADOES - FOR MEDIA TO BROADCAST...

A TORNADO WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR
PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN INDIANA AND CENTRAL KENTUCKY GENERALLY ALONG
AND WEST OF THE INTERSTATE 65 CORRIDOR. THE FOLLOWING SAFETY TIPS
ARE BEING PROVIDED IN HOPE THAT THE BROADCAST MEDIA WILL FREQUENTLY
BROADCAST THESE MESSAGES WHILE THE WATCH AFFECTS THEIR AREA.

A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT
OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WHICH CAN PRODUCE TORNADOES IN AND CLOSE TO
THE WATCH AREA. IF YOU ARE IN THE WATCH AREA...KEEP INFORMED OF THE
LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION.  THESE STORMS CAN DEVELOP RAPIDLY SO
THERE MAY BE OCCASIONS WHEN ADVANCE WARNING IS NOT POSSIBLE.

A TORNADO WARNING MEANS A TORNADO HAS BEEN SPOTTED OR INDICATED BY
RADAR.  IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OR NEAR THE TORNADO...TAKE IMMEDIATE
ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. FOLLOW THESE SAFETY RULES:

1) IF CAUGHT OUTDOORS...SEEK SHELTER IN A BASEMENT...SHELTER OR
STURDY BUILDING. IF YOU CANNOT QUICKLY WALK TO A SHELTER:

GET IN A VEHICLE...BUCKLE YOUR SEAT BELT AND DRIVE TO THE CLOSEST
STURDY SHELTER.

IF FLYING DEBRIS HITS YOUR VEHICLE WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING...PULL OVER
AND PARK. AS A LAST RESORT:

STAY IN THE CAR WITH THE SEAT BELT ON. PUT YOUR HEAD DOWN BELOW THE
WINDOWS...COVERING YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS AND A BLANKET IF
POSSIBLE.

IF YOU CAN SAFELY GET NOTICEABLY LOWER THAN THE LEVEL OF THE
ROADWAY...EXIT YOUR CAR AND LIE IN THAT AREA...COVERING YOUR HEAD
WITH YOUR HANDS.

2) IN OPEN COUNTRY...FIND A DITCH...CULVERT OR OTHER LOW AREA AND
LAY DOWN FLAT. COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS TO PROTECT AGAINST
FLYING DEBRIS. HOWEVER...BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE RAPIDLY RISING WATER.

3) IN HOMES OR SMALL BUILDINGS...GO TO THE BASEMENT OR A SMALL
INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR LIKE A HALL OR BATHROOM CLOSET.
PUT AS MANY WALLS AS POSSIBLE BETWEEN YOU AND THE OUTSIDE. USE HEAVY
FURNITURE FOR SHELTER OR COVER YOURSELF WITH A MATTRESS OR BLANKET.

4) IN MOBILE HOMES...ABANDON THEM AND GO TO A SUBSTANTIAL STRUCTURE
OR PLACE OF SAFETY. MOBILE HOMES...EVEN IF TIED DOWN...OFFER LITTLE
PROTECTION.

5) IN SCHOOLS...HOSPITALS...FACTORIES OR SHOPPING CENTERS...GO TO
DESIGNATED SHELTER AREAS. INTERIOR HALLS ON THE LOWEST LEVELS ARE
USUALLY THE BEST. STAY AWAY FROM GYMNASIUMS OR AUDITORIUMS. AVOID
ALL OUTSIDE WALLS AND WINDOWS.

WHO IS MOST AT RISK FROM TORNADOES? THE ANSWER IS PEOPLE IN MOBILE
HOMES. MOBILE HOMES ARE QUITE VULNERABLE TO HIGH WINDS. IF YOU LIVE
IN A MOBILE HOME COMMUNITY...MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO STAY WITH FRIENDS
OR FAMILY WHO HAVE BASEMENTS. PUT YOUR PLAN IN ACTION WHEN A TORNADO
WATCH IS ISSUED.

THE KEY TO TORNADO SURVIVAL IS TO BE PREPARED AND TAKE IMMEDIATE
ACTION WHEN A WARNING IS ISSUED OR WHEN YOU FEEL THREATENED. REMAIN
ALERT FOR SIGNS OF AN APPROACHING TORNADO. FLYING DEBRIS FROM
TORNADOES CAUSES MOST DEATHS AND INJURIES.

REMEMBER...THE ACTIONS YOU TAKE DURING A TORNADO EVENT MAY SAVE YOUR
LIFE AND THE LIVES OF THOSE YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR.



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