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...SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK BEGINS...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF 
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAVE PROCLAIMED APRIL 28 THROUGH MAY 4 SEVERE 
WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN NEW YORK STATE. THE NATIONAL WEATHER 
SERVICE WILL BE WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SEVERAL AGENCIES OF THE
NEW YORK STATE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS COMMISSION AND THE NEW YORK 
STATE BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION TO INFORM RESIDENTS OF THE POTENTIAL
DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH FLASH FLOODING...TORNADOES...AND SEVERE 
THUNDERSTORMS. 

WE WILL ALSO RECOMMEND WAYS NEW YORKERS CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES AND 
THEIR FAMILIES FROM THOSE HAZARDS. THESE SAFETY TIPS WILL BE ISSUED 
AS PUBLIC INTEREST STATEMENTS AS WELL AS FACEBOOK POSTS AND TWITTER 
FEEDS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. ALL MEDIA OUTLETS ARE BEING URGED TO 
DISSEMINATE THESE IMPORTANT MESSAGES TO THEIR READERS...VIEWERS...
AND LISTENERS.

COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITIES FOR WARNING DISSEMINATION WILL BE TESTED 
ACROSS THE EMPIRE STATE DURING A HAZARDOUS WEATHER DRILL SCHEDULED 
FOR MAY 2ND AT 1:15 PM. THESE CAPABILITIES INCLUDE THE NATIONAL 
OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION/S NOAA ALL HAZARDS WEATHER 
RADIO /NWR/.  VOLUNTEER BROADCASTERS WILL USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO 
TEST THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM /EAS/.

INTERNALLY...THE COMMUNICATIONS DRILLS WILL GIVE NATIONAL WEATHER 
SERVICE STAFF THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRACTICE SKILLS USUALLY APPLIED 
UNDER STRESS. EXTERNALLY... THE STATEWIDE DRILL GIVES PUBLIC SAFETY 
AND PREPAREDNESS OFFICIALS...THE BROADCAST MEDIA... AND ALL NEW 
YORKERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO TEST THEIR PLANNED METHODS OF RECEIVING 
EMERGENCY WEATHER MESSAGES. RECIPIENTS OF THE TEST WARNING MESSAGES 
SUCH AS SCHOOLS... HOSPITALS... NURSING HOMES... BUSINESSES... AND 
INDIVIDUALS CAN USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SEE IF THEY ARE PREPARED TO 
DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH SUDDEN... DANGEROUS WEATHER SITUATIONS. 
PRACTICING OUR RESPONSE TO HAZARDOUS WEATHER OR FLOOD THREATS CAN 
PAY BIG DIVIDENDS WHEN ACTUAL DISASTERS OCCUR.

EACH DAY THIS WEEK WE WILL EXPLORE THE MANY FACETS OF SEVERE WEATHER 
ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW YORK...SPECIFICALLY...
MONDAY...SEVERE WEATHER TERMINOLOGY
TUESDAY...THUNDERSTORMS
WEDNESDAY...PREPAREDNESS
THURSDAY...TORNADOES
FRIDAY...FLOODING
SATURDAY COMMUNICATIONS

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY VISIT THE WEBSITE 
/ALL LOWER CASE/ WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OS/SEVEREWEATHER.
 

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