Severe Weather and Flood Safety Preparedness Week: March 16-22, 2014

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 - while the drill will be sent using live TOR EAS coding (Tornado Warning), 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.

This will be the second year NWS Indianapolis has issued Impact Based Warning products.  See the link for more information on how warnings now differ from earlier warning products.

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 prep graphic - click for pdf
Severe Weather Prepareness (click image for pdf)

The week of March 16-22, 2014 is also National Flood Safety Awareness Week.  Click the "Turn Around, Don't Drown!" barriers below to learn more.

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Our partners at the American Red Cross have released a new "flood app" for smartphone and tablet users.  It provides location-based flood and flash flood watches and warnings from the National Weather Service, as well as the ability to quickly send an "I'm Safe" message to the Red Cross in case loved ones are unable to contact you.  Additionally, the application provides access to lifesaving tips on actions to take, shelter locations, and more.  Click here for more information, and click here to see other Red Cross safety applications designed to help you prepare for and respond to life threatening weather emergencies and other hazards.

As part of NWS efforts to build a Weather Ready Nation with our partners and the public, severe weather preparedness efforts have also gone national in recent years.  Click the image below for the National Severe Weather Preparedness Week Toolkit.

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