This Is Severe Weather Awareness Week In Indiana
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Mother Nature has her ways of reminding Indiana residents about her power.
Case in point, last Friday’s strong winds. Or perhaps a rare February tornado that touched down in Ripley County near Osgood on February 20th. Those latest examples should strike a chord for residents who need to ready themselves and their homes for the worst Mother Nature has to offer.
By proclamation from Governor Mike Pence, March 16-22 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Indiana. This week is also National Flood Safety Awareness Week.
A statewide tornado drill will take place on Thursday, March 20 between 10:15 and 10:30 a.m. and again between 7:30 and 7:45 p.m. A test tornado warning will be sounded on outdoor sirens and broadcast radio and television stations across Indiana.
In the event of real severe weather being present in Indiana on Thursday, the test warning will be postponed to Friday, March 21.
Dearborn County Emergency Management Director Bill Black, Jr. recommends homes, businesses, and schools use those drills as an opportunity to practice their emergency plans.
“Make sure you have supplies to be able to take care of yourself and family for at least 3 days. Even thought we have well trained first responders in our area they may be overwhelmed and may not be able to get to you right away. Make sure you have a plan on where to meet and who to contact if something were to happen to your home or business. These are just a couple things to think about,” Black said.
Black says Dearborn County only sounds its sirens when there is a tornado sighting or word from the National Weather Service that Dearborn County is under a tornado warning.
“At this time you need to take cover and listen to your local media to see what is happening,” said Black.
Black said the Dearborn County Emergency Management Agency encourages all residents to have an emergency alert weather radio in their home. Those radios are available at the DCEMA office at 401 West High Street, Lawrenceburg.
Hoosiers can find more information on how to become prepared for a disaster at the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website at http://www.in.gov/dhs/getprepared.htm.