March 15-21 has been declared as Severe Weather Preparedness Week for Indiana by Governor Mike Pence. Severe weather can take many forms including hail, lightning, thunderstorms, tornadoes, flooding, and strong winds. Hamilton County Emergency Management encourages area residents to stay educated about severe weather as knowing what to do in the event of a severe weather incident may be a lifesaver.
As part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, two statewide tornado drills are scheduled for Thursday, March 20. The first drill will be around 10:15 a.m. and an evening drill will occur around 7:35 p.m. During both tornado drills, outdoor warning sirens will activate around Hamilton County. Area residents are encouraged to practice severe weather safety drills at work and at home. This is a perfect time to discuss safety with co-workers and family members. The tests will be postponed to Friday, March 20 if weather conditions warrant.
Severe weather can happen at any time as Hamilton County residents have found out over the past few years with record cold, heavy snow, high winds, drought, flooding, and other weather extremes. Hamilton County EMA and the Sheriff’s Office utilize Nixle (www.nixle.com), Facebook, and Twitter to help keep area residents informed of severe weather events. Be alert by listening to weather forecasts and signing up for cell phone weather warnings. Take steps ahead of time by developing a family communication plan and putting together emergency kits for the home and each vehicle. More ideas on creating emergency kits and supplies can be found at http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit. Educate yourself and your community by researching what to do before, during, and after severe weather events that can occur in Indiana.
Daily educational information will be available during Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Topics include:
Monday: “Severe Weather Outlook” – how forecasts are made
Tuesday: “Watch” – what is a Watch and what should you do during a Watch
Wednesday: “Warning” – actions to take when a Warning is issued
Thursday: “Response” – how public safety and the community respond to a disaster
Friday: “Wrap-Up” – the importance of preparedness and action during threatening hazards
The Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency is available to assist area residents in planning for and responding to severe weather events. More information can be obtained by contacting Emergency Management at (317)770-3381 or on the web at http://www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/department/index.php?structureid=16.
Hamilton County outdoor warning sirens will resume testing each Friday at 11:00am when temperatures remain above freezing.
Submitted content courtesy of Hamilton County Emergency Management