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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
710 AM CST THU NOV 20 2014

ARZ001-002-010-011-019-020-029-201600-
BENTON-CARROLL-WASHINGTON AR-MADISON-CRAWFORD-FRANKLIN-SEBASTIAN-
710 AM CST THU NOV 20 2014

...WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS IN ARKANSAS...

GOVERNOR MIKE BEEBE HAS PROCLAIMED NOVEMBER 17TH THROUGH 21ST AS
WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN ARKANSAS.  PEOPLE ARE ASKED TO TAKE
SOME TIME AND PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING WINTER SEASON.

TODAYS TOPIC IS WINTER WEATHER SAFETY RULES.

WINTER STORMS ARE CONSIDERED DECEPTIVE KILLERS BECAUSE MOST DEATHS
ARE INDIRECTLY RELATED TO THE STORM.  PEOPLE DIE IN TRAFFIC
ACCIDENTS...FROM HEART ATTACKS WHILE SHOVELING SNOW...AND FROM
HYPOTHERMIA FROM PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THE COLD.  EVERYONE IS
POTENTIALLY AT RISK DURING WINTER STORMS.  THE ACTUAL THREAT DEPENDS
ON YOUR SPECIFIC SITUATION.  MOST OF THE DEATHS THAT ARE RELATED TO
ICE AND SNOW OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES AND MANY OTHERS OCCUR BECAUSE
PEOPLE ARE CAUGHT OUT IN THE STORM.  ABOUT HALF OF THE PEOPLE THAT
DIE AS A RESULT OF PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THE COLD ARE OVER 60 YEARS
OF AGE AND ABOUT ONE QUARTER OF THOSE VICTIMS ARE AT HOME.

EARLY PREPARATION FOR THE UPCOMING WINTER WILL IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES
OF BEING ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY AVOID WINTER WEATHER RELATED
COMPLICATIONS.

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS THAT WILL HELP KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE
THIS WINTER SEASON...

AT HOME OR AT WORK...THE PRIMARY CONCERNS ARE THE POTENTIAL LOSS OF
HEAT...POWER...TELEPHONE SERVICE...AND A SHORTAGE OF SUPPLIES IF
STORM CONDITIONS ARE PROLONGED FOR SEVERAL DAYS.  KEEPING EXTRA
FOOD... WATER.BATTERIES. EXTRA MEDICINE.FIRST AID SUPPLIES.AND EXTRA
BABY ITEMS ON HAND WILL ENABLE YOU TO WITHSTAND MOST WINTER WEATHER
SITUATIONS.

IF POWER IS LOST...NEVER USE A GASOLINE OR DIESEL POWERED GENERATOR
INSIDE THE HOUSE...IN THE GARAGE OR ANY OTHER ENCLOSED SPACE.
GENERATORS CAN CAUSE CARBON MONOXIDE TO BUILD UP TO DEADLY LEVELS IN
ENCLOSED SPACES.  OPERATE SUCH GENERATORS OUTDOORS ONLY.

TRAVEL SHOULD BE AVOIDED WHEN SEVERE WINTER WEATHER IS ANTICIPATED.
HOWEVER.CERTAIN PRECAUTIONS SHOULD BE TAKEN DURING THE WINTER MONTHS
IN CASE A STORM DEVELOPS SUDDENLY OR TRAVEL IN BAD WEATHER IS
UNAVOIDABLE. IN YOUR VEHICLE...CARRY A WINTER STORM SURVIVAL KIT
THAT INCLUDES A FLASH LIGHT...EXTRA BATTERIES...BLANKETS... BOTTLED
WATER...NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS...A TOOL KIT...AND FIRST-AID
SUPPLIES.  FULLY CHECK AND WINTERIZE YOUR VEHICLE BEFORE THE WINTER
SEASON BEGINS.

FINALLY...PLAN FOR YOUR PETS AS THEY ARE JUST AS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE
COLD AS YOU ARE.  KEEP TRACK OF THE LATEST WEATHER REPORTS...
ESPECIALLY WHEN TRAVELING AWAY FROM YOUR HOME.  DRESS FOR THE
WEATHER BY WEARING SEVERAL LAYERS OF LOOSE-FITTING CLOTHING RATHER
THAN A SINGLE OVERCOAT.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OR THE AMERICAN RED CROSS CAN PROVIDE A
FREE INFORMATIONAL BROCHURE TO ASSIST YOU IN PREPARING FOR THIS
YEARS WINTER WEATHER HAZARDS.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.CONTACT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OFFICE IN TULSA AT 918-838-7838 OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/TULSA

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