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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
417 AM CDT Mon Mar 27 2017

...2017 Severe Weather Awareness Week for Nebraska/Iowa...

The National Weather Service along with Nebraska Emergency Management
and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Division have declared
March 27 through March 31 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The topic for today is Severe Weather Terminology.

Know the Difference Between a Watch and a Warning
It`s vital to your safety to know the difference between a watch and a
warning. During severe weather season, watches and warnings may be
issued for severe storms, tornadoes and flash floods.

Watch  Get Ready! A Watch is issued when a specific weather hazard is
possible. For example, if the weather conditions are such that
tornadoes might form, a watch will be issued. Tornadoes are not yet
occurring when a watch is issued. This gives you time to get prepared.
If you know what time of day storms are forecast to occur, you can
plan where you will need to shelter should a tornado occur. You can
also make plans for how to get yourself and your family, including
pets, to that shelter if necessary. The Watch also gives you a chance
to test your communications plan and alert family and friends to the
threat of dangerous weather.

Warning  Take Action! A Warning is issued when a specific weather
hazard is currently occurring or will be occurring very soon. If a
Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued you should get inside a building
immediately and stay away from windows and electrical appliances with
cords. If a Tornado Warning is issued you should go to the lowest
level of a sturdy building to an interior room with no windows.

For safety information visit www.weather.gov/os/severeweather.

For more information contact:
Brian Smith
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
www.weather.gov/Omaha
402-359-5166

Cathy Zapotocny
Meteorologist
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
www.weather.gov/Omaha
402-359-5166

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