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News Release

Lancaster County
Date: March 16, 2015

For more information contact
Jim Davidsaver, Emergency Management
(402) 441-7441

Severe Weather Awareness Week Begins March 23

Public invited to WeatherFest Saturday, April 11

Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Jim Davidsaver today urged all residents to create or review their families' severe weather plans as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week March 23 through 27. Davidsaver also invited the public to attend "WeatherFest" a free severe weather symposium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at Hardin Hall, 3301 Holdrege. More information is available at weatherfest.unl.edu.

"A NOAA all-hazards radio is an inexpensive investment that provides a significant measure of safety," said Davidsaver. "It will provide the best advanced notice of severe weather and promote seeking shelter in a timely manner. A good family emergency response plan should include a location where all family members will report during severe weather such as a tornado. As with any emergency response plan, reviewing and reinforcing it on an annual basis is very important."

Davidsaver said tornados can happen anytime of the year, but history shows April, May and June have the most tornado activity. He said the peak time frame for tornados is from 4 to 9 p.m.

Davidsaver thanked the local media outlets whose meteorologists and weather forecasters have been providing severe weather tips in advance of Severe Weather Awareness Week. Lancaster County Emergency Management will participate in the National Weather Service Statewide Tornado Drill on Wednesday, March 25. The NWS will issue a mock tornado watch at 10 a.m. followed by a mock tornado warning at 10:10 a.m.

The drill will include activation of Lancaster County's outdoor warning sirens. Davidsaver cautioned that residents should not rely on these sirens for an indoor warning. He said local weather reports and the NOAA all-hazards radio supply the best, most current information. The outdoor warning sirens are designed to be the final warning to seek cover immediately.

For more information on severe weather preparedness, visit lancaster.ne.gov (keyword: emergency). You can also follow Lancaster County Emergency Management on Twitter at LancasterCoEMA.

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