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North Carolina Severe Weather Awareness Week
Mar 4th - Mar 10th, 2012
This week has been declared North Carolina's Severe Weather
Awareness Week for 2012. All week long, the National Weather
Service will be issuing informative messages to help you prepare
for severe weather.
Today's topic will be the severe weather alert process.
The Newport Morehead City National Weather Service, Emergency
Management officials, American Red Cross, and local Media all work
together educating the community concerning the dangers of severe
weather and disasters. The mission of the National Weather Service
is to protect life and property. However, it is how you prepare for
and respond to severe weather which really saves lives. Make sure
you know what to do when a warning is issued and the alarm is
sounded. Knowing the difference between a watch and a warning is an
important factor in understanding how to react and protect
You can prepare for the possibility of severe weather and disasters
by planning ahead, creating a disaster supplies kit, and learning
the safest places to seek shelter when at home, work, school or
outdoors. You should take time to understand basic weather terms
and the danger signs related to severe weather, and know how to
respond. Severe weather can strike in an instant. Your chances of
staying safe are greater if you have a plan and practice your
plan. When individuals and communities prepare for disasters, lives
Severe weather watches:
When severe weather is possible across North Carolina, the National
Weather Service will issue a watch. Watches are issued for
tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and floods.
A watch gives you a heads up and tells you that severe weather is
forecast. As storms develop, they could become life threatening.
Watches are intended to raise situational awareness and allow you
time to prepare. When a watch is issued, remain alert for possible
bad weather approaching. Watches are transmitted via NOAA weather
radio as well as local television and radio stations.
Severe weather warnings:
Once severe weather is imminent or already occurring, the National
Weather Service will issue a warning. Warnings indicate an
immediate threat to life and property. When warnings are issued you
should enact your safety plan now.
When warnings are issued, you should stay away from windows and
seek shelter in the middle of your home on the lowest floor. All
warnings should be taken seriously. If you are caught outside or
are a boater on the water, you are especially at risk. Be sure that
you know how to protect yourself.
Before the storm:
Preparing before the storm is the most important. Have a NOAA
weather radio with a warning alarm tone and battery backup. Having
battery operated television will also help you stay in touch with
local television stations that will be covering the severe weather
Receiving warning information:
Warnings are transmitted via NOAA weather radio as well as by local
television stations. Local television stations are the front lines
for the dissemination of National weather Service Warnings. Most
residents in North carolina receive weather information this way.
However, advancing technology allows us to receive weather
alert information over wireless devices such as cell phones. With
the expansion of text messaging and smart phones, many warning
services and weather feeds are available from a number of
companies in the public and private sector for little or no cost.
Becoming plugged into weather for your area is becoming easier.
NOAA weather Radio:
NOAA weather radio is a nationwide network of radio stations
broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the
nearest National Weather Service office. NOAA weather radio
broadcasts official weather service warnings, watches, and other
hazard information 24 hours a day. In North Carolina nearly
30 NOAA weather broadcast stations provide weather forecast
and warning information for all 100 counties. No matter where you
live there is a NOAA weather radio station nearby.
NOAA weather radio will alert you 24 hours a day in the event of
hazardous weather. Broadcasts are found in the VHF public service
band ranging from 162.400 MHz to 162.550 MHz. These receivers range
in price from 20 to 65 dollars, and can be found at most
electronics stores, and on many popular websites. When purchasing
a weather radio it is recommended that you purchase one with
S.A.M.E., Specific Area Message Encoded technology. That way the
user can program specific counties to receive alerts.
For more information on NOAA weather radio please visit the