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National Weather Service Celebrates Nevada Severe Weather Preparedness Day

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Instead of hosting a class or a session to talk to people about the severe weather threats in our area and how to be safe, the Reno National Weather Service office decided to spread the word to their largest audience possible, online. "We've posted stuff to Facebook and Twitter. Graphics, simple graphics with safety messages and preparedness tips," said Meteorologist Chris Smallcomb.

In the last few years the National Weather Service has expanded its use of social media to get the word out about weather conditions around here. Meteorologists are encouraging people to share weather safety messages on Facebook. Some things to be aware of this summer are severe thunderstorms, dust storms, lightning, possible flash flooding and wildfires.

We also checked in with Washoe County Emergency Services to see how well prepared we are for any of these emergencies. The county was recently re-certified by the National Weather Service and NOAA to be a 'Storm Ready County.' "We've spent time with each of the hospitals and schools and key government buildings making sure everyone has a weather radio and they understand how to receive weather alerts," said Washoe County Emergency Manager Aaron Kenneston. The county distributed 200 more weather radios throughout the community.

For around the clock weather updates and information, you can download the KTVN weather app. Just go to the Google Play or iTunes store and search for KTVN.

Written by Chloe Beardsley
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