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NOUS43 KSGF 030903

403 AM CDT Thu Apr 3 2014

...Severe Weather Safety and Awareness...

In the interest of public safety, the following severe weather safety
rules are provided. Public and commercial broadcast stations
serving southeastern Kansas and the Missouri Ozarks are asked to
broadcast these safety messages frequently during the day today.

The key to severe weather 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 or severe thunderstorm
event may save your life and the lives for which you are

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 a watch area, keep
informed of the latest weather information.

A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been spotted or indicated
by radar, and you should take immediate action to protect
yourself and those around you.

Follow these safety rules to keep yourself safe:

(1) Prepare an emergency kit and make a family communication
plan before a severe thunderstorm occurs.  Have a
radio, phone, purse/wallet, blanket, and flashlight available.

(2) Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or
television for the latest information. Ensure your NOAA Weather
Radio has fresh batteries and is set to the correct frequency to
receive a warning for your area.

(3)  Mobile homes provide absolutely no protection from high
winds.  If you live in a mobile home, plan your escape to a
nearby sturdy building that will give you proper shelter.  At the
first sign of an approaching storm go immediately to this

(4)  In homes, apartment complexes, or other small
buildings, go to the basement or to 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.

(5)  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.

(6)  Never try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle.  Traffic and the
layout of roads may block your escape.  You should abandon cars
and trucks if a tornado approaches, and take shelter in a nearby

(7)  If caught in the open with no shelter nearby, find a
ditch, culvert, or other low area and lay down flat.  Cover your
head with your hands for protection.

(8) If outdoors, limit your outdoor plans or finish
them early. Stay close to a sturdy shelter. If in a vehicle, do
not take shelter under a highway overpass, where wind speeds can
increase due to a tunneling effect. It is best to not put yourself
or others in a situation where no sturdy shelter is available.


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