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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Hastings NE
728 AM CDT Wed Mar 28 2018

...2018 Severe Weather Awareness Week For Nebraska...

The National Weather Service and Nebraska Emergency Management
have declared March 26th though March 30th as Severe Weather
Awareness Week for the state of Nebraska.

The topic for today is tornadoes.

There were 33 tornadoes confirmed in Nebraska during the 2017
season. That is 20 less than the 30 year average of 53 tornadoes.
Most tornadoes typically occur in June, and that was the case in
2017, when 19 were confirmed.

Now is the time to put together your safety plan, so you know what
to do before, during and after a tornado. Knowing what to do
before, during and after a tornado could save your life. Keep
these tips in mind...

Before:
- Be Weather-Ready! Check the forecast regularly to see if you are
  at risk for severe weather. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio All
  Hazards or your local radio or television station.
- Pick a tornado safe room in your home. Basements or underground
  storm cellars are the best option. If no basement is
  available, use an interior room on the lowest floor with no
  windows.
- Ensure that all members of your family know where to go.
- Store emergency supplies in your safe room. Include things like
  water, a first aid kit, a flashlight and extra batteries.
- Put together a family communication plan that includes an
  emergency meeting place.
- Identify safe locations at work or school. Never stay in large rooms
  such as auditoriums or gymnasiums.
- Do not get caught in traffic during the storm. Plan well in
  advance!

During:
- If a Tornado Warning is issued, you should immediately go to the
  basement, a safe room or interior room without windows! Get
  down and protect your head!
- If you are outside, seek shelter inside a sturdy building. Sheds
  and storage facilities are not safe.
- If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter, immediately get into a
  vehicle, buckle your safety belt and try to drive to the
  closest sturdy shelter.
- Mobile homes and recreational vehicles are NOT safe during a
  tornado, get out! If there is a tornado, abandon mobile homes
  and recreational vehicles immediately and go to the closest
  shelter or sturdy building.

After:
- Continue to stay updated to the latest weather information, as
  multiple rounds of severe weather are possible during
  outbreaks.
- Contact your loved ones. Text messages or social media can be more
  reliable than phone calls.
- If you are in an area that was damaged, be careful of debris
  that may include sharp or dangerous objects. Watch out for
  downed power lines and broken gas lines.
- If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, get out of
  the building immediately and call the gas company or fire
  department.
- Help your neighbor. If you come across people that are injured and
  you are properly trained, provide first aid until emergency
  responders arrive.

Any time the threat for severe weather exists, stay updated on the
latest weather information by going to the National Weather Service
website, www.weather.gov, by tuning into NOAA Weather Radio All
Hazards or your local radio and television stations. Make sure to
watch for signs for approaching storms, such as darkening skies,
increasing winds, flashes of lightning and thunder.

More severe weather safety information can be found at
www.weather.gov/safety

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