Severe Weather Preparedness Week is This Week

This week through Saturday, March 22 is Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery recommends that every family, every school and every business review or create an emergency plan for how to respond when severe weather occurs. Having a plan and practicing a plan significantly increases your chances of surviving a severe weather event.

Outdoor sirens have been installed in every community to alter people that severe weather is approaching and to seek shelter. When activated, the sirens emit a constant tone for up to three minutes.

A statewide test of the communications systems on Thursday, March 20 between 10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET and again between 7:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. ET. The drill will be initiated by a “TEST” Tornado Warning issued by the National Weather Service offices in Indiana.

A tornado warning means that a tornado has actually been sighted and a tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop.

If you would like information regarding disaster preparedness, contact Marshall County EMA Director at (574) 936-3740.