Tornado sirens will sound across Nebraska Wednesday as Severe Weather Awareness Week continues. National Weather Service Meteorologist Dave Fobert says many Nebraskans don’t realize tornadoes are a year-round threat.
Fobert says, “They can hit at any time but the highest potential for tornado activity typically occurs from the spring season through at least June. During the summer things start to slow down. Once you get to July and August due to the warmer weather.”
On Wednesday, the National Weather Service will test their communication systems by sending out first a tornado watch. That will be followed by a tornado warning and finally the all clear will be given. The sirens are expected to sound at 10 a.m.
When the sirens sound, Nebraskans are urged to remember their safety plan. Fobert says this is a time for families and businesses walk through their safety plan as it could save your life.
The National Weather Service recommends before a tornado hits, have a safe room inside your home, make sure your family knows where to go and what to do and have a storm emergency kit ready to go that includes a first aid kit and flashlight with extra batteries.
When a tornado warning is issued, residents should seek shelter immediately. Stay away from windows and cover up with blankets to protect yourself from flying debris. Those living in a mobile home should know where their storm shelter is located.