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...SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF 
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAVE PROCLAIMED APRIL 28 THROUGH MAY 4 SEVERE 
WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK.

NOAA'S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AGENCIES OF 
THE NEW YORK STATE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS COMMISSION...LOCAL 
AGENCIES... VOLUNTEER AGENCIES... AND PRIVATE SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS 
IN URGING ALL NEW YORKERS TO LEARN HOW TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM 
THE HAZARDS OF FLOODING... TORNADOES...AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. 

THERE ARE SEVERAL STEPS YOU CAN TAKE BEFORE...DURING AND AFTER A 
STORM TO KEEP SAFE THIS SPRING AND SUMMER. 

BEFORE A STORM... DEVELOP A PLAN FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AT HOME... 
SCHOOL... WORK... AND WHEN OUTDOORS. IDENTIFY IN ADVANCE A SAFE 
PLACE TO TAKE SHELTER. CONDUCT FREQUENT DRILLS. 

KNOW WHAT ACTION YOU WILL TAKE WHEN A WARNING IS ISSUED. KNOW THE 
COUNTY WHERE YOU ARE AND THE NAMES OF NEARBY TOWNS. THE NATIONAL 
WEATHER SERVICE REFERENCES COUNTY, TOWN AND CITY NAMES IN THE 
WARNINGS THAT ARE ISSUED. KNOW WHERE TO TUNE TO RECEIVE THE LATEST 
WEATHER INFORMATION. 

DURING SEVERE WEATHER...POSTPONE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IF THUNDERSTORMS 
ARE IMMINENT. MOVE TO A STURDY BUILDING OR CAR. STAY AWAY FROM TALL 
OBJECTS SUCH AS TOWERS...ISOLATED TALL TREES AND TELEPHONE POLES. IF 
CAUGHT OUTDOORS... FIND A LOW SPOT. MAKE SURE YOUR CHOICE IS NOT 
SUSCEPTIBLE TO FLOODING. IF IN THE WOODS... TAKE SHELTER UNDER 
SMALLER TREES. IF YOU ARE BOATING OR SWIMMING... SEEK SHELTER ON 
LAND IMMEDIATELY. 

IF A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED... MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY... 
PREFERABLY A BASEMENT OR INTERIOR ROOM. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS. GET 
AS LOW TO THE GROUND AS POSSIBLE. COVER YOUR HEAD. IF CAUGHT 
OUTDOORS AND A TORNADO THREATENS... LIE FLAT IN A DITCH OR 
DEPRESSION AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS. BE AWARE OF FLYING 
DEBRIS. FLYING DEBRIS CAUSES MOST FATALITIES AND INJURIES DURING A 
TORNADO. 

MOBILE HOMES OFFER LITTLE PROTECTION FROM A TORNADO. EVACUATE YOUR 
MOBILE HOME AND MOVE TO YOUR DESIGNATED PLACE OF SAFETY. 

AFTER THE SEVERE WEATHER HAS CLEARED... GET MEDICAL CARE QUICKLY AT 
THE NEAREST HOSPITAL IF NECESSARY. IF THE POWER IS OUT... USE 
FLASHLIGHTS... NOT FLAMMABLE OBJECTS SUCH AS CANDLES... TORCHES... 
OR LANTERNS. REPORT BROKEN OR DOWNED UTILITY LINES TO THE 
AUTHORITIES. BOIL DRINKING WATER BEFORE USE. DO NOT VISIT DISASTER 
AREAS. 

YOUR CHANCES OF REMAINING SAFE DURING SEVERE WEATHER ARE GREATER IF 
YOU FOLLOW THESE SAFETY RULES. YOU SHOULD PREPARE NOW FOR THE 
UPCOMING SEVERE WEATHER SEASON.

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

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