Governor Mike Pence has proclaimed March 16 through 22, 2014 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.
The National Weather Service, in conjunction with the Indiana State Police, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Broadcasters Association, the American Red Cross, and Amateur Radio Operators will conduct a statewide test of communication systems on Thursday, March 20 between 10:15 AM and 10:30 AM EDT and between 7:30 PM and 7:45 PM EDT.
Important - NWS Wilmington will send the Test Tornado Drill as a Special Weather Statement, along with a Routine Weekly Test for NOAA Weather Radio, it is only a test, and will be postponed to Friday, March 21 if weather conditions warrant.
The goal of Severe Weather Preparedness Week is to better educate people about the hazards of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, and to help everyone be prepared when severe weather occurs. Each day will focus on a different topic:
- Sunday: Kick-Off: Discuss Partners' roles in Severe Weather
- Monday: Severe Weather Outlook: Partners' roles at the Outlook stage of an event
- Tuesday: Watch: Partners' roles in the Watch stage of an event
- Wednesday: Everyone's roles in Warnings: Taking action when Warnings are issued
- Thursday: Response: Partners' roles in responding to disasters (real-time response)
- Friday: Recovery: Partners' roles in the recovery process (days/weeks/months after disaster)
- Saturday: Wrap-Up: Importance of preparedness and action during threatening hazards
Please read our Preparedness Week brochure (5.2MB pdf) for details. Click here (6.4MB pdf) for a kids' activity booklet from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
What should you do at each step as severe weather threatens - outlook (hours to days in advance), watch (minutes to hours in advance), warning (event is threatening now)? Think READY (outlook), SET (watch), GO (warning)!
Severe Weather Prepareness (click image for pdf)