March 27, 2023

Ricketts Comments on Severe Weather Awareness Week

March 27, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Pete Ricketts (R-NE) released the following video statement commenting on the start of Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Watch the video here.

“Hi, this is Pete Ricketts, Senator for the great state of Nebraska. March 27th through March 31st is Severe Weather Awareness Week. As we all know the biggest threats facing Nebraska are thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning and flash floods.

“A thunderstorm becomes severe when hail occurs or winds are 58 miles per hour or greater. Lightning is one of the most dangerous aspects of thunderstorms. So, when the thunder roars go indoors.

“On average, more people were killed by flooding than any other single severe weather hazard. Remember, it takes just six inches of fast-moving water to knock over an adult and 12 inches of water can float a car. We learned this during the floods of 2019. So, when it floods, turn around, don’t drown.

“If a tornado is in the area, go someplace safe or find the closest storm shelter.

“Take the opportunity this Severe Weather Awareness Week to make a plan of action for you and your family before the bad weather hits. Take photos of your property and make copies of important documents. Keep your prescriptions current. Visit ready.gov/kit if you need help building your emergency supplies kit, and remember to include your family pets in your plan.

“For more information about how to get prepared this season, please visit ready.gov/severeweather.”


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