Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Wilmington, NC

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON NC
735 AM EDT TUE MAR 03 2015

...SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN NORTH CAROLINA IS MARCH 1 TO
MARCH 7...

...TODAY`S TOPIC...RECEIVING SEVERE WEATHER ALERTS...AND INFORMATION
ABOUT TOMORROW`S STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL...

ONE OF THE KEYS TO STAYING SAFE DURING THE SEVERE WEATHER SEASON IS
MAKING SURE THAT YOU HAVE A WAY TO RECEIVE LIFESAVING SEVERE WEATHER
WATCHES AND WARNINGS...WHICH ARE DEFINED BELOW. THERE ARE MANY
METHODS AND TOOLS TO RECEIVE THESE ALERTS.

NOAA WEATHER RADIO. THIS IS A NATIONWIDE NETWORK OF RADIO STATIONS
BROADCASTING CONTINUOUS WEATHER INFORMATION FROM THE NEAREST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES. SPECIALLY BUILT RECEIVERS CAN BE
PURCHASED AT MOST ELECTRONICS AND RETAIL STORES. THESE RECEIVERS
BROADCAST WEATHER INFORMATION 24 HOURS A DAY. MOST CAN ALSO BE IN
STANDBY MODE AND TURN ON IN THE EVENT OF A WATCH OR A WARNING NO
MATTER THE TIME OF DAY.

CELL PHONE APPLICATIONS. THERE ARE MANY USEFUL CELL PHONE APPLICATIONS
THAT PROVIDE REAL TIME NWS WARNINGS AND ALERTS...SOME OF WHICH ARE
FREE TO DOWNLOAD AND USE. A SEARCH OF YOUR APPLICATIONS THROUGH YOUR
PROVIDER WILL REVEAL MANY DIFFERENT CHOICES.

THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM...EAS...AS WELL AS MAJOR TELEVISION AND
RADIO STATIONS...IS THE MESSAGE DISSEMINATION PATCH THAT SENDS
WARNINGS VIA BROADCAST...CABLE...SATELLITE...AND WIRELESS SERVICES.
EAS MAY BE USED BY STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES INCLUDING THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. THIS NETWORK CARRIES NOT ONLY WEATHER
INFORMATION...BUT ALSO AMBER ALERTS AND LOCAL INCIDENT INFORMATION
TARGETED TO SPECIFIC AREAS.

SEVERE WEATHER WATCHES:

WHEN WIDESPREAD SEVERE WEATHER IS POSSIBLE ACROSS THE
CAROLINAS...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL ISSUE A WATCH. WATCHES
ARE ISSUED FOR TORNADOES...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND FLOODS. A WATCH
PROVIDES YOU A HEADS UP...MAKING YOU AWARE THAT SEVERE WEATHER IS
POSSIBLE OR EVEN EXPECTED IN THE NEAR FUTURE. WATCHES ARE INTENDED
TO RAISE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS ALLOWING YOU TIME TO PREPARE...
USUALLY SIX HOURS OR MORE BEFORE THE ANTICIPATED SEVERE WEATHER.

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING:

WHEN SEVERE WEATHER IS IMMINENT OR ALREADY OCCURRING...THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE WILL ISSUE A WARNING.  WARNINGS INDICATE AN
IMMEDIATE THREAT TO PROPERTY AND SOMETIMES LIFE. WHEN WARNINGS ARE
ISSUED YOU SHOULD HAVE A HIGH AWARENESS OF THE DANGER AND ENACT YOUR
SAFETY PLAN IF THREATENED.

WHEN WARNINGS ARE ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA...YOU SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM
WINDOWS AND SEEK SHELTER IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR HOME ON THE LOWEST
FLOOR AS STORMS THREATEN. ALL WARNINGS SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. IF
YOU ARE CAUGHT OUTSIDE CAMPING...GOLFING...BOATING OR PARTICIPATING
IN OTHER ACTIVITIES WHICH LIMIT THE AVAILABILITY OF SHELTER...YOU
ARE ESPECIALLY AT RISK. BE SURE THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO PROTECT
YOURSELF.

TOMORROW AT 9:30 AM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CONDUCT A
STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL. THE ALARM TEST...WHICH WILL COME IN THE
FORM OF A REQUIRED MONTHLY TEST...WILL ACTIVATE THE STATE EMERGENCY
ALERT SYSTEM AND BE CARRIED BY NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND LOCAL
BROADCAST MEDIA. EVERY SCHOOL...BUSINESS...AND RESIDENCE IS
ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS DRILL. DURING THE DRILL TAKE A FEW
MOMENTS TO PRACTICE YOUR SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY PLANS...AND SEEK
SHELTER FOR A FEW MINUTES AS IF A TORNADO WAS HEADED YOUR WAY.


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