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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
916 AM CST MON NOV 3 2014

...WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS DAY IS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 2014...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALONG WITH THE NEBRASKA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
AGENCY AND THE IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION
HAVE DECLARED THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH AS WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS DAY
IN NEBRASKA AND IOWA.

MONDAY:  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.

WHEN TRAVELING, BEFORE YOU LEAVE LET PEOPLE KNOW OF YOUR DESTINATION
AND PLANNED ARRIVAL TIME. KEEP CELLS 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 PEOPLE.

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, LIGHTWEIGHT, WARM CLOTHING.

THIS YEAR`S WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS DAY PACKET CAN BE FOUND AT:
HTTP://GOO.GL/M6X7YJ (ALL LOWERCASE-ONLY THE 6 AND 7 ARE THE ONLY
NUMBERS).

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

CATHY ZAPOTOCNY
METEOROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OMAHA
402-359-5166

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