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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
730 AM CDT WED MAR 26 2014

...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK...

GOVERNORS TERRY BRANSTAD AND DAVE HEINEMAN...THE IOWA HOMELAND
SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION...THE NEBRASKA EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT AGENCY AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAVE DESIGNATED
THE WEEK OF MARCH 24 TO MARCH 28 AS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN
IOWA AND NEBRASKA.  EACH MORNING THIS WEEK...THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY WILL ISSUE A PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...
FOCUSING ON A DIFFERENT ITEM EACH DAY. TOPICS THIS YEAR INCLUDE
THE FOLLOWING...

     MONDAY...FLASH FLOODING
     TUESDAY...WARNING RECEPTION
     WEDNESDAY...TORNADOES
     THURSDAY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
     FRIDAY...FAMILY PREPAREDNESS

ATTENTION MEDIA...IN ORDER FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK TO BE
EFFECTIVE...MEDIA COVERAGE IS CRITICAL. PLEASE USE THE INFORMATION
IN THE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS IN YOUR NEWS PROGRAMS TO HELP
PROMOTE SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY. WE ALSO ENCOURAGE MEDIA INTERVIEWS.
PLEASE CONTACT BRIAN SMITH OR THE SENIOR METEOROLOGIST IF YOU ARE
INTERESTED.

THE TOPIC FOR TODAY IS TORNADOES...

THE COMBINED IOWA AND NEBRASKA TORNADO DRILL WILL BE CONDUCTED THIS
MORNING. HERE IS WHAT TO EXPECT...

10:00 A.M. CDT STORM PREDICTION CENTER ISSUES TEST TORNADO WATCH
                 FOR ALL OF IOWA AND NEBRASKA VALID UNTIL 11:00 A.M.
10:10 A.M. CDT WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES (WFO) IN SIOUX FALLS AND
                 OMAHA ISSUE TEST TORNADO WARNINGS FOR THEIR IOWA
                 AND NEBRASKA COUNTIES.
10:20 A.M. CDT   WFO IN HASTINGS ISSUES A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR
                 THEIR NEBRASKA COUNTIES.
10:30 A.M. CDT   WFO IN CHEYENNE...WY ISSUES A TEST TORNADO WARNING
                 FOR THEIR NEBRASKA PANHANDLE COUNTIES.
10:35 A.M. CDT   WFO IN NORTH PLATTE ISSUES A TEST TORNADO WARNING
                 FOR THEIR NEBRASKA COUNTIES.
10:40 A.M. CDT   WFO IN GOODLAND...KS ISSUES A TEST TORNADO WARNING
                 FOR THEIR SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA COUNTIES.

A TORNADO IS A RAPIDLY ROTATING COLUMN OF AIR IN CONTACT WITH THE
GROUND. A VISIBLE CLOUD IS NOT NEEDED FOR A TORNADO TO BE IN
PROGRESS. SOME TORNADOES MAY NOT APPEAR TO EXTEND TO THE GROUND BUT
ARE CAUSING CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE. TORNADOES TAKE ON VARIOUS SHAPES
AND SIZES...AND MOST PRODUCE WINDS LESS THAN 120 MPH. HOWEVER...A
FEW ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WINDS OVER 200 MPH. SOME ARE VERY SMALL
AND LAST FOR ONLY A MINUTE OR SO...WHILE OTHERS CAN BE A MILE OR TWO
WIDE AND STAY ON THE GROUND FOR OVER AN HOUR.

WHAT TO LISTEN FOR...
A TORNADO WATCH IS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WHEN
CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TORNADOES IN AND
CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. WATCHES ARE GENERALLY ISSUED FOR THE
DURATION OF 4-8 HOURS AND IN ADVANCE OF THE ACTUAL OCCURRENCE OF
SEVERE WEATHER. DURING THE WATCH...PEOPLE SHOULD BE PREPARED TO MOVE
TO A PLACE OF SAFETY IF THREATENING WEATHER APPROACHES.

A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WHEN A
TORNADO IS INDICATED BY RADAR OR SIGHTED BY SPOTTERS. PEOPLE IN THE
AFFECTED AREA SHOULD SEEK SAFE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

TO BE READY FOR A TORNADO...HAVE A NOAA WEATHER RADIO WITH A WARNING
ALARM TONE AND BATTERY BACKUP. MAKE SURE YOUR FAMILY AND PEOPLE IN
YOUR WORKPLACE ARE FAMILIAR WITH SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND THE LOCATION
OF SAFE SHELTER. REVIEW THE PROCEDURES AND PRACTICE THEM.

IF YOU ARE IN A HOME OR OTHER BUILDING WHEN A TORNADO STRIKES...MOVE
UNDERNEATH A TABLE...WORKBENCH OR STAIRCASE. STAY AWAY FROM CORNERS
OF THE ROOM BECAUSE DEBRIS IS USUALLY DISPLACED INTO THOSE AREAS.
STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

MOBILE HOMES...EVEN IF TIED DOWN...OFFER LITTLE PROTECTION FROM
TORNADOES AND SHOULD BE ABANDONED. IF AN UNDERGROUND SHELTER IS NOT
AVAILABLE...MOVE TO THE LOWEST...MOST INTERIOR ROOM AVAILABLE.

SAFE PLACES IN AN OFFICE BUILDING...SHOPPING MALL OR SCHOOL...
INCLUDE INTERIOR HALLWAYS. CROUCH ON THE GROUND FLOOR AGAINST A WALL
AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS. LEAVE WIDE OPEN ROOMS LIKE
GYMS...AUDITORIUMS OR COMMON AREAS OF SHOPPING MALLS AS THEY ARE
UNSAFE. IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUT IN THE OPEN OR IN A VEHICLE...NEVER
TRY TO OUTRUN A TORNADO...ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE NEARBY.
TORNADOES CAN MOVE AT SPEEDS OF OVER 50 MPH AND CHANGE DIRECTION
QUICKLY.

MANY PEOPLE MISTAKENLY THINK THAT HIGHWAY OVERPASSES PROVIDE SAFETY
FROM A TORNADO. IN REALITY...AN OVERPASS MAY BE ONE OF THE WORST
PLACES TO SEEK SHELTER FROM A TORNADO. SEEKING SHELTER UNDER AND
OVERPASS PUTS YOU AT GREATER RISK OF BEING KILLED OR INJURED BY
FLYING DEBRIS.

TORNADIC WINDS CAN MAKE THE MOST BENIGN ITEM A DANGEROUS MISSILE.
IN ADDITION TO THE DEBRIS THAT CAN INJURE YOU...THE WINDS UNDER AN
OVERPASS ARE CHANNELED AND COULD EASILY BLOW YOU OR CARRY YOU OUT
FROM UNDER THE OVERPASS.

BRIAN E. SMITH
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OMAHA

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