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Severe Weather Awareness Week Approaching

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency

March 19, 2024 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  —  March 25-29 is Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week. This week gives Nebraskans an opportunity to review their plan when severe weather strikes.

“The devastating impacts of extreme events can be reduced through improved readiness,” said NEMA Assistant Director Erv Portis. In addition to severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, we need to prepare for hazards that could happen due to drought conditions impacting the state.”

“In a time of drought, wildfires are a top concern, Portis said. “Even the smallest spark could ignite and threaten entire communities. If you are ordered to evacuate, know where you would go and what route you would take to get there.”

Every Nebraskan should make a safety plan, create a preparedness kit, and review proper safety precautions with your family.

Make a Plan
Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during and after a disaster.

Build a Kit
Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget the unique needs of each person or pet. You can find a list of items to help you get started here:

Prepare for Disasters
Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards.

Teach Youth about Preparedness
Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

Get Informed
Find out what disasters could impact your area, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. Keep a NOAA weather radio tuned to your local emergency station and monitor TV and radio. Follow mobile alerts and warnings about severe weather in your area. For more information on severe weather awareness, or preparing for severe weather, visit: