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“Severe Weather Awareness Week” March 18 – 24, 2012

March 19, 2012
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       03/20/12 Marshall County Emergency Management Agency would like to make sure all residents are aware that March 18th thru the 24th has been proclaimed 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, the Indiana Broadcasters Association, the American Red Cross, and the amateur radio community, will conduct a state wide test of the communications systems on Wednesday March 21 between 10:00 am and 10:30 am and again between 7:30pm and 8:00pm (EST).  The drill will be initiated by TEST Tornado Warnings issued by the National Weather Service offices serving Indiana, triggering programmed electronic devices.

Every family, every school, and every business should take time now to review or create an emergency plan for how they will respond when severe weather occurs. Having a plan and practicing a plan significantly increases your chances of surviving.

If you live in an area that does not have an advanced warning system, such as an outdoor siren, we encourage you to purchase a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) All Hazards Alert Radio.  In addition to important weather alerts, the All Hazards Alert means your monitor will also receive information and announcements regarding other emergencies in your area.  A NOAA radio is all so your best source for receiving advanced notification of severe weather while you are sleeping.

Be familiar with 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.

For more information on Severe Weather, including tornados, visit the National Weather Service website at http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/links.htm.

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.

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