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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
223 AM EDT Mon Apr 30 2018

...Severe Weather Preparedness Week Starts Today...

The National Weather Service have declared the week of April 30th
through May 4th, Severe Weather Preparedness Week in New England.
Each day during the preparedness week will feature information about
a different severe weather related topic.

New England will quickly transition from early spring weather to
more summer like weather patterns over the next several weeks. Along
with the warmer weather comes an increasing threat of thunderstorms,
and with it comes the threat for severe weather.  Are you prepared
for severe weather?  Do you know where and how to receive forecasts?
Do you know how to receive warnings and watches for severe weather?
Do you know what to do during and after severe weather impacts you?

...Be Aware...
Knowing when severe weather is possible will give you
time to prepare! You can always find the latest forecasts and
hazardous weather conditions at www.weather.gov/car. If you are not
on your computer, you can access the same information via your
mobile device at http://mobile.weather.gov.  In addition numerous
weather applications will relay this information on your mobile
devices. Make sure that you can receive National Weather Service
watches and warnings on these applications before severe weather
strikes.

Wireless Emergency Alerts are life saving messages that will pop up
on your mobile phone when you are in a geographic area that is under
a Flash Flood Warning or Tornado Warning. Visit
www.weather.gov/wirelessalerts for more information! In addition
FEMA has a great application that will alert you of severe weather,
visit www.fema.gov/mobile-app. Another tool to alert you to
hazardous conditions is NOAA All Hazards Radio. This nationwide
network of radio stations broadcasts continuous weather, river and
other emergency information direct from NWS offices and emergency
officials. For more information, visit www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/

...Know the Difference Between a Watch and a Warning... It is vital
to your safety to know the difference between a watch and a warning.
During severe weather season, watches and warnings may be issued for
severe storms, tornadoes and flash floods.

...Watch - Get Ready!... A Watch is issued when a specific weather
hazard is possible. For example, if the weather conditions are such
that tornadoes might form, a watch will be issued. Tornadoes are not
yet occurring when a watch is issued. This gives you time to get
prepared. If you know what time of day storms are forecast to occur,
you can plan where you will need to shelter should a tornado occur.
You can also make plans for how to get yourself and your family,
including pets, to that shelter if necessary. The Watch also gives
you a chance to test your communications plan and alert family and
friends to the threat of dangerous weather.

...Warning - Take Action!... A Warning is issued when a specific
weather hazard is currently occurring or will be occurring very
soon. If a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued you should get
inside a building immediately and stay away from windows and
electrical appliances with cords. If a Tornado Warning is issued you
should go to the lowest level of a sturdy building to an interior
room with no windows.

Join us tomorrow for more information on severe weather.

$$

CB



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