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2008 Media Releases


Date:
April 4, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Doug Ahlberg, Emergency Management, 441-7441
Dave Norris, Citizen Information Center, 441-7547


SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK BEGINS MONDAY

Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Doug Ahlberg today urged all citizens to acknowledge “Severe Weather Awareness Week” by creating or reviewing their plans for their families’ safety in the event of severe weather. Severe Weather Awareness Week – established by the National Weather Service office in Valley, Nebraska – runs from Monday, April 7 through Sunday, April 13.

“Individuals and families who don’t already have a specific plan in place to deal with severe weather should establish one immediately,” said Ahlberg. “For those who already do, reinforcing the plan on an annual basis is very important.” Ahlberg said plans should include a location where all family members will report in the event of severe weather activity such as a tornado. Items that should be part of a family’s safety plan include flashlights and a battery-operated radio.

“A great gift for the entire family would be a NOAA weather radio,” Ahlberg said. “It can be a great tool for staying abreast of potential severe weather, and it gives your family the best possible chance of reacting and seeking shelter in a timely manner.”

Ahlberg said a high number of unseasonable tornados have already been reported this year in the southeastern part of the country, but April, May and June are historically the months with the highest tornado activity. He said tornados are most likely to occur between the hours of 4 and 9 p.m.

Ahlberg thanked the local media outlets whose meteorologists and weather forecasters have been providing severe weather tips in advance of Severe Weather Awareness Week. He said that the local monthly test of the severe weather notification system was postponed from the standard first Wednesday of the month to the second Wednesday to coincide with Severe Weather Awareness Week.

For additional information on severe weather preparedness, visit the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: emergency).


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