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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHEYENNE WY
751 AM MDT WED MAR 26 2014

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

2014 SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK FOR NEBRASKA.

TODAY IS WEDNESDAY AND MARKS THE THIRD DAY OF SEVERE WEATHER
AWARENESS WEEK FOR THE STATE OF NEBRASKA...WHICH CONTINUES
THROUGH FRIDAY MARCH 28TH.

SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK PROVIDES THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEST COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS AND TO GET
POTENTIALLY LIFESAVING INFORMATION OUT TO THE PUBLIC. NOW IS THE
TIME FOR PEOPLE TO REVIEW THEIR SAFETY PLANS AND BE PREPARED FOR
SEVERE WEATHER SEASON.

THE TOPIC FOR TODAY IS TORNADOES.

THERE WERE 49 TORNADOES REPORTED ACROSS NEBRASKA IN 2013...WHICH
ARE 5 BELOW THE 30 YEAR AVERAGE OF 54 TORNADOES. THERE WERE 17
INJURIES AND NO DEATHS REPORTED. THE FIRST TORNADO OF THE YEAR
TOUCHED DOWN ON MARCH 19TH NEAR SHELTON IN BUFFALO COUNTY...AND
THE LAST TORNADO OF THE YEAR TOUCHED DOWN ON OCTOBER 4TH IN
DAKOTA COUNTY NEAR WILLIS. THE BUSIEST MONTH OF THE YEAR FOR
TORNADOES WAS MAY WITH 23 TORNADOES. THE BUSIEST DAY OF THE YEAR
WAS MAY 29TH...WITH 10 TORNADOES CONFIRMED.

REMEMBER THAT IF A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED OR YOU SEE A TORNADO
APPROACHING...YOU NEED TO SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. TORNADOES CAN
SOMETIMES STRIKE WITH LITTLE OR NO WARNING...SO IT IS IMPORTANT
NOT TO WASTE TIME WHEN SEEKING SHELTER.

WHEN TAKING COVER...A BASEMENT OR UNDERGROUND SHELTER IS YOUR
BEST OPTION. IF POSSIBLE, GET UNDER SOMETHING STURDY LIKE A TABLE
OR WORK BENCH. IF AN UNDERGROUND SHELTER IS NOT AVAILABLE...TAKE
COVER NEAR THE CENTER OF THE HOUSE ON THE LOWEST FLOOR IN A
CLOSET OR A BATHROOM. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS. COVER UP WITH
BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

IF INSIDE A VEHICLE...MOBILE HOME OR IN OPEN COUNTRY...LEAVE
IMMEDIATELY AND GET TO THE NEAREST REINFORCED SHELTER. IF NONE IS
AVAILABLE...LIE FLAT IN THE NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW LYING AREA
AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR ARMS.

WHEN INSIDE SCHOOLS...MALLS...HOSPITALS OR OTHER PUBLIC
BUILDINGS...MOVE QUICKLY TO THE DESIGNATED SHELTER. ALWAYS STAY
INDOORS...AND GO TO INTERIOR HALLWAYS OR SMALL ROOMS ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR POSSIBLE FOR PROTECTION. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS. DO
NOT STAY IN LARGE ROOMS SUCH AS AUDITORIUMS OR GYMNASIUMS...AS
ROOMS WITH LARGE FREE SPAN ROOFS ARE VULNERABLE TO TORNADIC
WINDS.

ANYTIME THE THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER EXISTS...STAY UPDATED ON THE
LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION BY GOING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE WEBSITE...HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV...OR BY TUNING IN TO NOAA
WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS OR YOUR LOCAL TELEVISION AND RADIO
STATION. MAKE SURE TO WATCH FOR SIGNS FOR APPROACHING STORMS SUCH
AS DARKENING SKIES...INCREASING WINDS...FLASHES OF LIGHTNING AND
THUNDER.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CAN BE FOUND
AT...HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/CHEYENNE.

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