Governor Mike Pence has proclaimed March 24 through 30, 2013 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 Wednesday, March 27 between 10:00 AM and 10:30 AM EDT and between 7:30 PM and 8:00 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 Thursday, March 28 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:
For more information about a warning enhancement experiment that NWS Indianapolis will be participating in beginning April 1st, see the Impact Based Warning page.
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)!
We also recently passed National Flood Safety Awareness Week. Click the "Turn Around, Don't Drown!" barriers below to learn more.
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.