Next week, Marrch 19 - 23, is National Severe Weather Awareness Week. Area citizens had an opportunity to learn more about severe weather awareness and some of the agencies who make it their goal to both keep us safe and help in times of disaster or emergency, at a special program Tuesday evening in the Broken Bow High School Gym. “Ready Custer County”, sponsored by the Safe Communities for Custer County Committee, included representatives from the National Weather Service in North Platte, the Loup Basin Public Health Department, the local chapter of the American Red Cross, the local chapter of the Salvation Army, and C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team). Above is Theresa Keck of the NWS in North Platte, as she presented a power-point on severe weather and the role her office plays in keeping the citizens of central Nebraska informed of potential threats. Those in attendance got a tutorial on the NWS website, and the services it provides. As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, a tornado drill will be conducted across the state Wednesday, March 21.