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000 NOUS41 KBOX 031304 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-041315- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Taunton MA 904 AM EDT Wed May 3 2017 ...SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK - BEING AWARE AND BEING PREPARED... The National Weather Service has declared the week of May 1 to May 5 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week in southern New England. This is the third in a series of five public information statements on various topics related to severe weather awareness. It is important to be aware and prepared when there is severe weather in the forecast. Make sure you know the 6 ways to receive a weather warning so that you can ensure that you and your family are always prepared. The first way to receive warnings is through the NOAA Weather Radio. This will alert you whenever a warning is issued for your area and keep you updated on our recent forecasts. A more common way to receive warnings and updates is through local TV stations or from your friends, family, and coworkers. If you own smartphone, make sure that your Wireless Emergency Alerts are enabled so that when a Tornado Warning is issued for your area, your phone alerts you! Outdoor sirens are another useful way of receiving warnings, although they are not common here in the Northeast. And finally, keep up to date with our forecast and warnings via our webpage at Another way to stay up to date on severe weather forecasts is through the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma. SPC issues what are called Convective Outlooks for the nation, which can alert you to any heightend areas of possible severe thunderstorms. These can be found on our website at in the Current Hazards tab and the Thunderstorms selection. Marginal risk implies that isolated severe thunderstorms are possible. Slight risk means that scattered severe thunderstorms are possible. Enhanced risk means that numerous severe storms are possible, and they are more persistent or widespread with a few potentially producing a tornado. A Moderate risk is issued when a widespread severe thunderstorm outbreak is likely. It often means that some of the storms could be long-lived and possibly produce a strong tornado. A High risk is rare but it means that severe storms are expected and will be very widespread, long-lived, and particularly intense. This will often result in a tornado outbreak or a derecho. The categories described above are defined based on the statistical probabilities of a severe storm occurring within 25 miles of a given point for a given meteorological situation. For more details about this, please see $$ For the latest updates...please visit our webpage at You can follow us on Facebook at You can follow us on Twitter at @NWSBoston is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.