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Severe Weather Awareness Week March 13-19

March 11, 2011

03/14/11 The Marshall County Emergency Management Agency, would like to make all residents aware that Governor Daniels has proclaimed the Week of March 13th through March 19th as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The National Weather service, in conjunction with the Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Broadcasters Association, the American Red Cross, and Amateur Radio Operators, will conduct a statewide test of the communication systems on Wednesday, March 16th between 10:00 am and 10:30 am EDT and again between 7:30 pm and 7:45 pm EDT.

With the approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Indiana Broadcasters association will also conduct a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) using the “Live Event Code” (TOR).

The state wide drill will ensure that the state wide Indiana Emergency Alert System network is operating properly and is ready to respond in the event of a real emergency.  The use of the live event code is intended to ensure that information will be relayed to emergency management officials, law enforcement, and homeland security personnel in a timely manner.

The goal of Severe Weather Awareness Week is to better educate people about the hazards of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, and to help everyone be prepared when severe weather occurs.

Just a Reminder:

Before a storm hits, a little planning can prevent unnecessary panic and confusion.

If you live in a community where warning sirens are used listen for the sirens.  A continuous siren sounding is an indication that severe weather is occurring or about to occur.

If you live in an area that does not have an advanced warning system, listen to weather or news reports that can inform you of severe weather approaching your area.

Purchase a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) All Hazards Alert Radio. In addition to important weather announcements, All-Hazards Alert means your monitor will also receive other emergency announcements.

Be familiar with the weather terminology used, for example:

A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop.  In this case you should take precautions to protect you and your property, and listen to the radio to keep informed.

A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has actually been sighted.

If a Tornado Warning is issued seek shelter immediately.  If you have a basement, go to the basement.  If there is no basement, a small room in the middle of the house (a closet or bathroom) is best. Always stay away from outside walls and windows.

Prepare for events by developing a family emergency plan and conducting drills so everyone understands what they need to do.  Put together an emergency  kit that includes a radio, flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, money or credit cards, medication, diapers and formula,  water (at least one gallon per person per day) and non-perishable food to last each person for at least seventy two hours.

Don’t forget your pets.

For more information on Severe Weather including Tornado’s, visit the National Weather Service website at

If you would like additional information regarding disaster preparedness, please contact the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Office at 936-3740.

Remember:  Disaster preparedness is everyone’s responsibility.