This week is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. As part of the observation of this week, tornado drills are expected to be held today. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department will hold drills today at 9:30 a.m. and at 7:00 p.m. CT. Knox schools will also hold drills at 9:30 a.m. today. Tornado sirens will be going off in Knox, Hamlet and in North Judson at those times. The sirens you will hear during these drills will be the sirens to listen for in case of severe weather in the area. If a tornado warning has been declared and you hear the sirens blare, you are urged to go to your home’s basement or other safe place to take cover.
As we make our way into spring, weather officials urge you to get prepared for severe weather. Always keep a battery operated radio in your home, along with a disaster kit containing a gallon of water per person per day (three days worth is recommended), non-perishable food items, a flash light, and a first aid kit.