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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Chicago IL
900 AM EDT Mon Mar 19 2018


Watches for severe weather are your signal to watch the media and be
prepared to take action. The National Weather Service typically
issues tornado watches several hours before damaging weather occurs.
Our partners in the watch process also take further preparation steps.
Here is a list of actions everyone should take...

Your job is to get your Red Cross Ready Kit handy and to begin
actively monitoring weather information. Review your safety plans and
make sure everyone you are responsible for knows what to do should
weather threaten or a weather warning is issued.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center issues
discussions regarding severe weather potential hours before any
thunderstorms develop. They follow with a Tornado Watch or Severe
Thunderstorm Watch if necessary. The local National Weather Service
offices release the Watch information...activating the Emergency
Alert System and alerting everyone to the increased risk of severe

Television stations receive the Watch information from the National
Weather Service then immediately carry live break-ins or crawl text
messages on the screen. Most TV stations also increase their
meteorologist staffing and begin to assemble news crews for
deployment to active weather areas. Radio stations will break into
normal programming and announce the Watch information on the radio.

Homeland Security...highway departments...emergency response
officials...schools...medical facilities and many businesses
activate emergency operations or place staffing on a high level of
readiness. Schools alert staff and bus drivers to the weather
threat and ensure active weather watching and warning information
is monitored.

The American Red Cross alerts trained volunteers to the potential
for activation and check inventory of disaster supplies.

On Tuesday...we cover what to do during Warnings.

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