Daily Brief: 2017.3.8
Severe Weather Preparedness Week
Severe Weather Awareness Week in Indiana is scheduled to take place during the week of March 19th. The goal of this week is to better educate Hoosiers about the hazards of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, and to help everyone be prepared when severe weather occurs.
As part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana, the National Weather Service will conduct a statewide tornado drill on Tuesday, March 21st at 10:15 a.m. and again at 7:35 p.m. The test will be conducted 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.
(Sources: National Weather Service, IDHS)
The health risks from tornados go beyond injury from flying debris and building collapse; injury is also possible in the aftermath of a tornado. As many as half of tornado injuries are associated with rescue attempts, clean up, and other post-storm activities. Many buildings will be unstable, and damage to power and gas lines and electrical systems increases the risk for electrocution. Protecting yourself after a tornado is just as important as doing so before one.
To learn more about the activities taking place during Severe Weather Preparedness Week, please click on the following link.
- Develop a tornado emergency plan for your home and workplace. This includes identifying safe shelter with an emergency kit and having a communications plan in place. (Source: Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
- Know where to seek shelter during a tornado outside the home. Ready.gov provides guidance on appropriate shelter and where to go in buildings, mobile homes, or if found outside during a storm.
- State homeland security has suggested that households break their severe weather preparation into three parts, planning, preparing and practicing.