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Statement as of 6:01 AM CDT on March 29, 2017

Expires 7:15 PM EDT on March 29, 2017


... 2017 severe weather awareness week for Nebraska and Iowa...

The National Weather Service, along with Nebraska emergency
management and the Iowa Homeland security and emergency division,
have declared March 27 through March 31 as severe weather
awareness week.

The topic for today is tornadoes.

There were 45 tornadoes in Nebraska last year. That is 8 less than
the 30 year average of 53. Typically, most tornadoes occur in
June, however in 2016, the most occurred in may with 13. Iowa
reported 43 tornadoes, which is 3 above their longer term average
of 46.

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 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, 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 know you are okay.

For safety information, visit www.Weather.Gov/os/severeweather.

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


601 am CDT Wed Mar 29 2017

... 2017 severe weather awareness week for Nebraska and Iowa...

The National Weather Service, along with Nebraska emergency
management and the Iowa Homeland security and emergency division,
have declared March 27 through March 31 as severe weather
awareness week.

The topic for today is tornadoes.

There were 45 tornadoes in Nebraska last year. That is 8 less than
the 30 year average of 53. Typically, most tornadoes occur in
June, however in 2016, the most occurred in may with 13. Iowa
reported 43 tornadoes, which is 3 above their longer term average
of 46.

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 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, 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 know you are okay.

For safety information, visit www.Weather.Gov/os/severeweather.

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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