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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
655 AM EST FRI MAR 13 2015

...SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK DAY FIVE...
...A CHECKLIST OF SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY RULES...

ON THIS LAST DAY OF SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK, HERE IS A 
CHECKLIST OF SAFETY RULES FOR SEVERE WEATHER.

BE SURE YOU HAVE AN ALL HAZARDS WEATHER RADIO WITH AN ALARM. THE 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ACTIVATES THESES ALARMS FOR SEVERE WEATHER, 
CIVIL EMERGENCIES, AND NATIONAL EMERGENCIES THAT AFFECT THE LOCAL 
AREA.

WHEN THUNDERSTORMS ARE APPROACHING, MOVE TO A STURDY BUILDING OR 
CAR. DO NOT TAKE SHELTER IN SMALL SHEDS, UNDER ISOLATED TREES, OR IN 
CONVERTIBLE AUTOMOBILES. IF LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING AND A STURDY 
SHELTER IS NOT AVAILABLE, GET INSIDE A HARD TOP AUTOMOBILE AND KEEP 
WINDOWS UP. DO NOT PARK UNDER TREES. GET OUT OF BOATS AND AWAY FROM 
WATER. 

TELEPHONE LINES AND METAL PIPES CAN CONDUCT ELECTRICITY. UNPLUG
APPLIANCES NOT NECESSARY FOR OBTAINING WEATHER INFORMATION. AVOID 
USING THE TELEPHONES, EXCEPT IN EMERGENCIES.

IF CAUGHT OUTSIDE, FIND A LOW SPOT AWAY FROM TREES, FENCES AND 
POLES. STAY AWAY FROM OPEN AREAS LIKE SOCCER FIELDS, BASEBALL 
DIAMONDS AND ESPECIALLY GOLF COURSES. WHEN THUNDER ROARS, GO INDOORS.
LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE UP TO 10 MILES AWAY!

DURING A TORNADO, MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM OR HALLWAY ON THE LOWEST 
FLOOR AND GET UNDER A STURDY PIECE OF FURNITURE IF POSSIBLE. STAY 
AWAY FROM WINDOWS. GET OUT OF AUTOMOBILES AND INTO A DITCH OR 
DEPRESSION. LEAVE A MOBILE HOME AND GET INTO A REINFORCED BUILDING. 

DURING FLASH FLOODING, NEVER DRIVE YOUR CAR INTO AREAS WHERE WATER 
COVERS THE ROAD. MANY PEOPLE ARE KILLED THIS WAY EACH YEAR. TURN 
AROUND, DONT DROWN.

THESE SIMPLE SAFETY RULES CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE DURING A SEVERE
WEATHER SITUATION. WE HOPE YOU HAVE FOUND THE INFORMATION PRESENTED
DURING THIS WEEK HELPFUL AND THE TORNADO DRILL GAVE YOU A CHANCE TO
PRACTICE WHAT YOU WOULD DO DURING A TORNADO EMERGENCY. IF YOU WOULD 
LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON SEVERE WEATHER WRITE TO,

 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE
 2909 AVIATION WAY
 WEST COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29170

 OR CALL THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AT 803, 822, 8135.








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