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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
335 AM EDT THU APR 30 2015

...SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK CONTINUES...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU, MAINE HAS DECLARED APRIL 26TH
THROUGH MAY 2ND AS SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK. EACH DAY DURING
THE PREPAREDNESS WEEK WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT
SEVERE WEATHER RELATED TOPIC.

NEW ENGLAND WILL QUICKLY TRANSITION FROM EARLY SPRING WEATHER TO
MORE SUMMER LIKE WEATHER PATTERNS OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS.
ALONG WITH THE WARMER WEATHER COMES AN INCREASING THREAT OF
THUNDERSTORMS, AND WITH IT COMES THE THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER.  ARE
YOU PREPARED FOR SEVERE WEATHER?  DO YOU KNOW WHERE AND HOW TO
RECEIVE FORECASTS? DO YOU KNOW HOW TO RECEIVE WARNINGS AND WATCHES
FOR SEVERE WEATHER?  DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO DURING AND AFTER SEVERE
WEATHER IMPACTS YOU?

...KNOW WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER A TORNADO OR SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM...

KNOWING WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER A TORNADO OR SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE. HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.

BEFORE:
-  PICK A SAFE ROOM IN YOUR HOME SUCH AS A BASEMENT, STORM CELLAR OR
AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR WITH NO WINDOWS.
-  MAKE SURE ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY KNOW WHERE TO GO.
-  STORE EMERGENCY SUPPLIES SUCH AS A FIRST-AID KIT AND FLASHLIGHTS
WITH EXTRA BATTERIES ARE STORED THERE IN CASE YOU NEED THEM.
-  PUT TOGETHER A FAMILY COMMUNICATIONS PLAN.
-  YOU SHOULD ALSO IDENTIFY A SAFE LOCATION AT WORK OR SCHOOL.

DURING:
-  WHEN A TORNADO OR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS ISSUED, YOU
SHOULD IMMEDIATELY GO TO A SAFE ROOM.
-  IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE, YOU NEED TO SEEK SHELTER INSIDE A STURDY
BUILDING.
-  MOBILE HOMES ARE NEVER SAFE DURING A TORNADO. IF YOU ARE IN A
MOBILE HOME OR A RECREATIONAL VEHICLE, YOU SHOULD HEAD FOR A STORM
SHELTER.
-  IF YOU CANNOT QUICKLY WALK TO A SHELTER IMMEDIATELY GET INTO A
VEHICLE, BUCKLE YOUR SEAT BELT AND TRY TO DRIVE TO THE CLOSEST
STURDY SHELTER.

AFTER:
-  IF YOU ARE IN AN AREA THAT WAS DAMAGED, BE CAREFUL OF DEBRIS THAT
MAY INCLUDE SHARP OR DANGEROUS OBJECTS AND WATCH OUT FOR DOWNED
POWER LINES AND BROKEN GAS LINES.
-  USE BATTERY-POWERED FLASHLIGHTS WHEN EXAMINING BUILDINGS. DO NOT
USE CANDLES WHICH COULD START A FIRE.
-  IF YOU SMELL GAS OR HEAR A BLOWING OR HISSING NOISE, OPEN A
WINDOW AND GET EVERYONE OUT OF THE BUILDING QUICKLY AND THEN CALL
THE GAS COMPANY OR FIRE DEPARTMENT.
-  USE THE TELEPHONE ONLY FOR EMERGENCY CALLS SO RESCUE OPERATION
LINES AREN`T TIED UP. TEXT YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO LET THEM KNOW
YOU ARE OK.
-  IF YOU WERE OUTSIDE OF THE AREA DAMAGED BY THE TORNADO, STAY OFF
THE PHONE SO THAT EMERGENCY CALLS CAN GET THROUGH. USE TEXT MESSAGES
AND SOCIAL MEDIA TO LET YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY KNOW YOU ARE OK.
-  STAY AWAY FROM AREAS THAT WERE DAMAGED SO YOU DO NOT HAMPER
RESCUE OPERATIONS. ONLY RETURN TO AREAS THAT WERE DAMAGED WHEN LOCAL
LAW ENFORCEMENT GIVES THE ALL-CLEAR.

VISIT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OM/SEVEREWEATHER FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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CB


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