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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
412 AM CDT Mon Mar 26 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 Severe Weather Terminology.

Know the Difference Between a Watch and a Warning.

It`s 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 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.

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For more information contact:

Brian Smith
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE

Cathy Zapotocny
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE

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