Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Paducah, KY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
600 PM CDT THU OCT 2 2014

...SAFETY RULES FOR TORNADOES - FOR MEDIA TO BROADCAST...

A TORNADO WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR
PARTS OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI...SOUTHERN ILLINOIS...AND WESTERN
KENTUCKY. THE FOLLOWING SAFETY TIPS ARE BEING PROVIDED IN HOPE THAT
THE BROADCAST MEDIA WILL FREQUENTLY BROADCAST THESE MESSAGES WHILE
THE WATCH AFFECTS THEIR AREA.

A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT
OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WHICH CAN PRODUCE TORNADOES IN AND CLOSE TO
THE WATCH AREA. IF YOU ARE IN THE WATCH AREA...KEEP INFORMED OF THE
LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION. THESE STORMS CAN DEVELOP RAPIDLY SO
THERE MAY BE OCCASIONS WHEN ADVANCE WARNING IS NOT POSSIBLE.

A TORNADO WARNING MEANS A TORNADO HAS BEEN SPOTTED OR INDICATED BY
RADAR.  IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OR NEAR THE TORNADO...TAKE IMMEDIATE
ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. FOLLOW THESE SAFETY RULES:

1) IN OPEN COUNTRY...FIND A DITCH...CULVERT OR OTHER LOW AREA AND
LAY DOWN FLAT. COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS FOR PROTECTION.

2) IN HOMES OR SMALL BUILDINGS...GO TO THE BASEMENT OR A SMALL
INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR LIKE A HALL OR BATHROOM CLOSET.
USE HEAVY FURNITURE FOR SHELTER OR COVER YOURSELF WITH A MATTRESS OR
BLANKET.

3) IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES...ABANDON IT AND GO TO A SUBSTANTIAL
STRUCTURE OR PLACE OF SAFETY. NEVER TRY TO OUTRUN A TORNADO IN A
VEHICLE.

4) IN SCHOOLS...HOSPITALS...FACTORIES OR SHOPPING CENTERS...GO TO
DESIGNATED SHELTER AREAS. INTERIOR HALLS ON THE LOWEST LEVELS ARE
USUALLY THE BEST. STAY AWAY FROM GYMNASIUMS OR AUDITORIUMS. AVOID
ALL OUTSIDE WALLS AND WINDOWS.

THE KEY TO TORNADO SURVIVAL IS TO BE PREPARED AND TAKE IMMEDIATE
ACTION WHEN A WARNING IS ISSUED OR WHEN YOU FEEL THREATENED.
REMEMBER...THE ACTIONS YOU TAKE DURING A TORNADO EVENT MAY SAVE YOUR
LIFE AND THE LIVES OF THOSE YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR.

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