NOAA: Nebraska Winter Weather Awareness Day, Take Time To Become “Weather Ready”

While snow may have already fallen across parts of western and north-central Nebraska, winter is only just beginning. The National Weather Service (NWS), wants everyone to be  “Weather-Ready” as this winter season begins.

All of the NWS offices serving Nebraska, in conjunction with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, aid in this effort by hosting a  Winter Weather Awareness Day each year in November.

Individuals, families, businesses, partners, schools, and media are all encouraged to review their winter weather preparedness plans so we can become a “Weather-Ready” nation. Here  are two key ideas to keep in mind:  

  • Car: While carrying a vehicle’s winter storm survival kit is foremost, don’t forget to fully check and winterize your vehicle. Make sure your car is in good running order, especially before a long trip. Ensure your windshield wipers are working, the gas tank is near full to avoid ice in the tank, and, lastly, call 511 for the latest traffic and road conditions.

  • Home: Your primary concern is the loss of heat, power and telephone service.  Second, the shortage of supplies if conditions were to continue beyond a day. Supplies at hand should include but are not limited to: flashlight and extra batteries; battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio; extra food and water; extra medicine and baby items; first-aid supplies; and heating fuel.  

For information on winter weather safety, science, and hazards visit: www.weather.gov/safety/winter. The National Weather Service’s North Platte Forecast Office  (www.weather.gov/lbf), located in North Platte, NE, is the primary source of weather data,  forecasts, and warnings for 26 counties across western and north-central Nebraska.  

NOAA’s National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts, and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA’s National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy. Working with partners, NOAA’s  National Weather Service is building a Weather-Ready Nation to support community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather.  

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. 

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