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Issued by NWS Chicago, IL

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Chicago IL
910 AM EDT Wed Mar 21 2018


Knowing what to do during a disaster is important. Here are response
activities that should take place during or shortly after a storm.

Your role during response is critical. Assess medical needs. Evacuate
to a pre-designated meeting area if the building is damaged. Call 911
for help. Turn off gas or electricity if needed and it is safe to do
so. Monitor a battery operated radio to keep informed of any
emergency orders. Use your disaster safety kit if necessary.

The National Weather Service continues monitoring radar and other
weather data and issue official warnings until the event has ended.
Damage survey teams are dispatched to assess tornado damage. Spotters
and public officials report storm damage and tornado data.

The media carry a live broadcast and text crawl of National Weather
Service warnings. They also carry warnings on their web and Social
Media sites. TV meteorologists continue to enhance details on locations
threatened. News crews on the streets report live from damage areas.

Homeland Security and Emergency Responders maintain emergency
operations and deploy personnel to damage areas. Medical technicians
treat casualty victims and transport them to hospitals. Public
officials and utility companies work to move debris...restore power
and communications...and control access to damage areas. More on
the homeland security role can be found at the Indiana Homeland
Security website under emergency response.

The American Red Cross maintains emergency operations...opens
shelters...deploys volunteers and provides life sustaining supplies
to victims and emergency responders. More on the red cross role can
be found at their website under disaster services.

Stay out of damaged buildings. Stay away from any downed power
lines...treating them as if they were live. Follow directions of
local authorities and return home only when they say it is safe.

Use the telephone only for emergency calls. Landline and cell towers
are often overwhelmed by the volume of calls and prevent authorities
from making emergency contacts. Text messaging is the most effective
way to limit overwhelming cell phone communications.

Take pictures of the damage to your home and its contents. This
will help you for insurance purposes.

Remember to help your neighbors who may require special assistance...
especially those with infants...elderly or disabled.

On Thursday...we will cover longer term recovery from storms.

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