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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
346 AM CDT Wed Mar 28 2018

...2018 Severe Weather Awareness Week for Nebraska/Iowa...

The National Weather Service along with Nebraska Emergency Management
and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Division have declared
March 26 through March 30 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The topic for today is Tornadoes.

There were 33 tornadoes in Nebraska last year.  That is 20 less than
the 30 year average of 53. Typically, most tornadoes occur in
June, and the most did occur in June with 19. Iowa reported 55
tornadoes, which is 9 above their longer term average of 46.

Know what to do before, during and after a tornado.  Knowing what to
do before, during and after a tornado could save your life. Here`s
what you need to know.

Before:

* Be Weather-Ready.  Check the forecast regularly to see if you are
at risk for severe weather.  Listen to local news or a NOAA Weather
Radio.
* Pick a tornado safe room in your home such as a basement, storm
  cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  Do not stay in mobile homes or large rooms such as auditoriums
  or gymnasiums.
* Make sure all members of your family know where to go.
* Store emergency supplies such as a first aid kit and flashlights
with extra batteries there in case you need them.
* Put together a family communications plan.
* You should also identify a safe location at work or school.
* Do not get caught in traffic in the storm!  Plan well in advance.

During:

* When a Tornado Warning is issued, you should immediately go to a
tornado safe room or interior room away from windows.
* If you are outside, seek shelter inside a sturdy
building.
* Mobile homes are never safe during a tornado. If you are in a
mobile home or a recreational vehicle, you should head for a
storm shelter.
* If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter immediately get into a
vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest
sturdy shelter.

After:

* If you are in an area that was damaged, be careful of debris
that may include sharp or dangerous objects and watch out for
downed power lines and broken gas lines.
* If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a
window and get everyone out of the building quickly and then
call the gas company or fire department.
* Use the telephone only for emergency calls so rescue operation
lines aren`t tied up. Use text messages and social media to let
your friends and family to let them know you are okay.

For safety information visit www.nws.noaa.gov/os/tornado/

For more information contact:

Brian Smith
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
www.weather.gov/Omaha
402-359-5166

Cathy Zapotocny
Meteorologist
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
www.weather.gov/Omaha
402-359-5166

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