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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
540 AM CST Tue Nov 7 2017


The National Weather Service along with the Nebraska Emergency
Management Agency and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency
Management Division have declared Thursday, November 9th as
Winter Weather Awareness Day in Nebraska and Iowa.

Tuesday: Winter Storm Safety

Winter storms are considered deceptive killers because most
deaths are indirectly related to the storm. People die in traffic
accidents on icy roads, die of heart attacks shoveling snow, and
they die of hypothermia from extreme cold.

Before you leave, let people know of your destination and planned
arrival time. Keep cell phones charged and even have extra cell
phone chargers along.

If you are caught outside in a winter storm, try to find shelter
and stay dry.

If no shelter is available, try to prepare some sort of wind break
or snow cave for protection from the wind.

If possible, build a fire. Do not eat snow. It will lower your
body temperature and could lead to hypothermia.

If you become stranded in your vehicle during a winter storm, stay
with the vehicle and do not try to walk to safety. Disorientation
occurs quickly in wind driven snow and cold. Being lost in open
country during a blizzard can mean death. Vehicles offer shelter
and are the best location to be found by rescue personnel.

Run the motor about 10 minutes each hour for heat. Open a window
slightly for fresh air to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and make
sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.

Make your vehicle visible to rescuers. Tie a colored, preferably
red cloth to the antenna. Turn on the dome light at night when
running the engine. Keep watch for rescue crews. Do not let all
occupants sleep at once.

Exercise from time to time by vigorously moving your arms, legs,
fingers, and toes to stimulate circulation and warm extremities.

If at home or in a building, stay inside. Close off unneeded rooms
and cover windows at night.

Eat and drink plenty of liquids. Food provides the energy for
producing body heat and fluids will prevent dehydration. Wear
layers of loose fitting, light weight, warm clothing.

The winter weather awareness day packet can be found at: (ALL LOWERCASE-ONLY THE first "N"..."D"
..."B" and "Z" are capitalized).

For more information contact:
Cathy Zapotocny Meteorologist National Weather Service
Omaha/Valley NE 402 359-5166

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