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Public Information Statement
Statement as of 8:00 am EST on March 3, 2015

Severe weather preparedness week in North Carolina is March 1-7,
2015. Todays topics is ways to receive severe weather alerts, and
information about tomorrows statewide tornado drill.

One of the Keys to staying safe during the severe weather season is
making sure that you have a way to receive lifesaving severe weather
watches and warnings. There are many methods and tools, some of
which are available with no cost or fees, that you can use to
receive these important lifesaving alerts no matter where you are -
at home, at school, or at work. Here is a partial list of these
methods and tools.

NOAA Weather Radio (nwr): NWR is a nationwide network of radio
stations broadcasting continuous weather information from the
nearest National Weather Service office. Specially built receivers,
which can be purchased at most electronics and large retail stores
for less than $40, receive the NWR broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week, and sound an audible alert when official watches and
warnings are issued for your area. Think of these radios as a smoke
detector for severe weather alerts.

Wireless emergency alerts (wea): with Wea, emergency alerts can be
sent to your cell phone or Mobile device when you may be in harm's
way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service. In
addition to other alert types such as Amber alerts, this free
service will transmit extreme weather warnings such as tornado and
flash flood warnings to your cell phone. The alerts will look like
a text message, and will typically show the type and time of the
alert, any action you should take. Wea messages include a special
tone and vibration. If you receive a Wea message, you should follow
any action advised by the emergency message. Seek more details from
your favorite TV or radio station, NOAA Weather Radio, news website,
desktop application, Mobile application, or other trusted source of

Cell phone apps: there are many great cell phone Apps that provide
real-time NWS warnings and alerts, some of which are free to
download and use, and others that may charge a small fee. A simple
search of your app provider will reveal many of these Apps.

Emergency alert system (eas) and your favorite TV and radio
stations: eas is the message dissemination pathway that sends
warnings via broadcast, cable, satellite, and wireline services. Eas
may be used by state and local authorities, including the National
Weather Service, in cooperation with the broadcast community, to
deliver important emergency information such as severe weather
information, Amber alerts, and local incident information targeted
to specific areas. In short, when severe weather strikes, its a
good idea to tune to your favorite local TV or radio station or web
site for detailed information about the severe weather threat.

In addition to the aforementioned alerting system, many communities
also offer free emergency alert notifications through their own
systems, such as reverse 911 phone systems. Be sure to check with
your local emergency management agency to learn what is available in
your area.

Tomorrow (wednesday, March 4th) at 9:30 am, the National Weather
Service in cooperation with local broadcasters will conduct a
statewide tornado drill. The alarm test, which will come in the form
of a required monthly test, will activate the state emergency alert
system and be carried by local radio broadcasters. Every school,
business, and residence is encouraged to participate in this drill.
Its really easy: at 9:30 am on Wednesday, take a few moments to
practice your severe weather safety plan, and seek shelter for a few
minutes as if a tornado was headed your way. To help you prepare
for this drill, be sure to visit the National weather services
severe weather preparedness website at
http://weather.Gov/Raleigh/2015swpw where you can learn more about
seeking safe shelter when severe weather strikes. In addition,
throughout the day Wednesday, the NWS will feature NOAA Weather
Radio messages and social media posts that highlight severe weather
safety tips.

Be sure to take some time this week to learn more about severe
weather safety. Learning and practicing severe weather safety when
the weather is good will allow you to react more quickly when the
weather turns bad. You can learn more about severe weather safety
by visiting the North Carolina department of public safety
preparedness website at readync.Org. This web Page features an
abundance of information, and links to a free cell phone app, that
will help you plan and prepare for the severe weather season. Once
again, thats readync.Org.

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