Indiana Severe Weather Preparedness Week - Mar 15-21, 2015

Governor Mike Pence has proclaimed March 15th through 21st, 2015
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 two (2) statewide tests of communication systems during the Indiana Statewide Tornado Drill.

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Times: 10:15 AM and 7:35 PM

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 20th 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 Newsletter (2.3MB pdf) for details.  Click here (6.4MB pdf) for a kids' activity booklet from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

For more information about a warning enhancement (Impact Based Warnings) we'll be participating in again this year, please 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/advisory)!

Outlook and Awareness Funnel


This is also National Flood Safety Awareness Week.  Click the "Turn Around, Don't Drown!" barriers below to learn more.

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As part of NWS efforts to build a Weather Ready Nation with our partners and the public, a new initiative has been launched.  The Weather Ready Nation Ambassador is your opportunity to help save lives right where you live, work and play.  Click the image below for more information on the WRN Ambassador Initiative.  

Weather Ready Nation Ambassador

Last Updated: March 5, 2015

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