Archive for March, 2015

Special Weather Statement

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
557 PM EDT MON MAR 23 2015

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INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…LAFAYETTE…FRANKFORT…KOKOMO…
ANDERSON…MUNCIE
557 PM EDT MON MAR 23 2015

…SLICK SPOTS WILL CONTINUE TONIGHT AS TEMPERATURES FALL…

SNOW AND SLEET ARE COMING TO AN END ACROSS NORTHEAST PORTIONS OF CENTRAL INDIANA. AS TEMPERATURES FALL INTO THE MIDDLE AND UPPER 20S THIS EVENING…SLICK SPOTS WILL PERSIST ON AREA ROADS…BRIDGES OVERPASSES.

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RYAN

Public Information Statement

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
600 AM EDT SAT MAR 21 2015

THIS WEEK HAS BEEN SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN INDIANA. PREPAREDNESS AND ACTION ARE THE KEYS TO SAFETY DURING ANY KIND OF HAZARD. YOU HAVE LEARNED THE ROLE OF THE MANY PLAYERS THAT ARE INVOLVED BEFORE…DURING AND AFTER DISASTERS. BEING A WEATHER READY NATION CAN HELP REDUCE DISASTER COSTS…ESPECIALLY LOSS OF LIVES.

IF YOU DO NOT TAKE ACTION DURING WARNINGS OR DO NOT KNOW THE APPROPRIATE ACTIONS TO TAKE…THEN WARNINGS ARE USELESS AND NATURAL HAZARDS CAN BECOME NATURAL DISASTERS.

YOU MUST…REPEAT MUST…PLAN FOR AND RESPOND TO EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS. DEVELOP A PLAN…PRACTICE IT…AND TAKE ACTION FOR WARNINGS OR WHEN WEATHER THREATENS. ALSO HAVE HANDY A FIRST AID KIT… BATTERY OPERATED RADIO FLASHLIGHTS AND FRESH BATTERIES. POST EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS BY THE PHONE. EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW WHERE AND WHEN TO SHUT-OFF UTILITIES. BE SURE TO HAVE ADEQUATE INSURANCE AND AN ACCURATE INVENTORY OF ITEMS.

IF A TORNADO THREATENS…GO TO THE LOWEST AVAILABLE FLOOR AND TO AN INTERIOR AREA SUCH AS A BATHROOM…HALLWAY OR CLOSET. HAVE A SAFE AREA PLANNED FOR EACH FLOOR AND EACH ROOM IN CASE THERE IS NO TIME TO REACH YOUR SAFEST LOCATION. IF OUTSIDE…TRY TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS. AT PUBLIC FACILITIES…FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF THOSE IN AUTHORITY.

MOBILE HOMES ARE NOT SAFE AND SHOULD BE ABANDONED LONG BEFORE THE STORM ARRIVES. VEHICLES ARE NOT SAFE EITHER. FIND STURDY STRUCTURE IMMEDIATELY OR GET IN A DITCH AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

EVERYONE IN YOUR FAMILY SHOULD KNOW WHERE TO FIND EACH OTHER AFTER THE SEVERE WEATHER HAS PASSED. HAVE A MEETING PLACE OUTSIDE YOUR HOME AND ANOTHER OUTSIDE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FOLLOW THE ASSISTANCE FROM AUTHORITIES. CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY IF YOUR HOME IS DAMAGED.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WORKS WITH ITS PARTNERS…HOMELAND SECURITY…THE RED CROSS…EMERGENCY RESPONDERS AND THE MEDIA TO HELP MAKE SURE YOU ARE PREPARED FOR MANY TYPES OF HAZARDS.

THE FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY OF THE ROLE EACH PARTNER PLAYS…

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES OFFICIAL WATCHES AND WARNINGS… SENDING THESE THROUGH NOAA WEATHER RADIO…TO THE MEDIA AND PUBLIC AGENCIES. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DISSEMINATES STORM SPOTTER REPORTS AND PROVIDES WEATHER SAFETY TRAINING TO ANYONE INTERESTED.
NEWS MEDIA HELPS PROTECT THE PUBLIC BY BROADCASTING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WARNINGS. THEY BROADCAST CONFIRMING INFORMATION ON DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS AND CARRY IMPORTANT SAFETY
MESSAGES. THE MEDIA REPORTS ON RECOVERY EFFORTS AND PROVIDES THE PUBLIC WITH INFORMATION ON HOW TO REACH FOR HELP IN RECOVERY. THE MEDIA EDUCATES PEOPLE ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER AND WEATHER SAFETY.

STATE AND LOCAL PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND THE AMERICAN RED CROSS PLAN FOR AND RESPOND TO EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS. THEY RELAY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WARNINGS THROUGH LOCAL WARNING SYSTEMS. THEY FACILITATE RECOVERY EFFORTS AFTER DISASTERS. THESE PUBLIC SAFETY ORGANIZATIONS ALSO PROMOTE WEATHER SAFETY BY SCHEDULING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SKYWARN SPOTTER CLASSES. THEY ALSO WORK WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS…BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE SAFETY PLANS ARE IN PLACE PRIOR TO DISASTERS.

EACH YEAR…MANY PEOPLE ARE KILLED OR SERIOUSLY INJURED BY
TORNADOES. SOMETIMES THERE IS WARNING…OTHER TIMES THERE IS NOT.

ULTIMATELY…YOU WILL HAVE TO DECIDE WHEN TO TAKE ACTION IF A WARNING IS ISSUED OR THE SKY BECOMES THREATENING. IT COULD BE THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION OF YOUR LIFE! SO HAVE A DISASTER PLAN IN PLACE AND DO PRACTICE DRILLS TO MAINTAIN IT.

FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON ALL WEATHER…INCLUDING SEVERE WEATHER WATCHES AND WARNINGS…VISIT YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEBSITE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV.

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Public Information Statement

Friday, March 20th, 2015

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
600 AM EDT FRI MAR 20 2015

THE RECOVERY PROCESS AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER CAN BE LONG AND DIFFICULT. MANY THINGS NEED TO BE DONE BY EVERYONE. HERE IS A LIST OF TASKS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED.

YOU CONTINUE ASSESSING YOUR NEEDS. CONTACT EXTENDED FAMILY. CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY. ARRANGE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WITH PUBLIC OFFICIALS IF NECESSARY. REPORT YOUR DAMAGE TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUES DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TO NOTE THE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE AND CAUSE OF THE DAMAGE AND POSTS THIS INFORMATION ON THEIR WEBSITE. THE DAMAGE REPORT ALSO BECOMES THE OFFICIAL RECORD IN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM DATA PUBLICATION USED BY INSURANCE COMPANIES TO VALIDATE CLAIMS.

THE MEDIA CONTINUES BROADCASTS OF RECOVERY EFFORTS PROVIDING LISTINGS OF RESOURCES TO TURN TO FOR HELP. NEWS CREWS ON THE STREETS REPORT LIVE FROM DAMAGE RECOVERY AREAS.

EMERGENCY RESPONDERS CONTINUE TO AID FAMILIES IN ANY RECOVERY EFFORTS AS WELL AS CLEAN UP OPERATIONS. DEBRIS REMOVAL FROM ROADS AND RESTORING COMMUNICATIONS ARE IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS CARRIED OUT.

HOMELAND SECURITY PERSONNEL CONTINUE MANAGING AVAILABLE MANPOWER AND MATERIAL RESOURCES FOR RECOVERY. HOMELAND SECURITY ALSO BEGINS FEDERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS.

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS MAINTAIN VOLUNTEER OPERATIONS WITH OPEN SHELTERS AND PROVIDE LIFE SUSTAINING SUPPLIES.

ON SATURDAY WE WILL REVIEW SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK.

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Tornado Warning

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TEST…TORNADO WARNING…TEST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
735 PM EDT THU MAR 19 2015

…THIS MESSAGE IS FOR TEST PURPOSES ONLY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN INDIANAPOLIS HAS ISSUED A

* TEST MESSAGE. THIS IS A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR…
ALL COUNTIES IN CENTRAL INDIANA…

* UNTIL 750 PM EDT

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. NO SEVERE WEATHER IS OCCURRING. THIS TEST TORNADO WARNING IS BEING ISSUED AS PART OF INDIANA SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK. IF THIS WERE AN ACTUAL WARNING…YOU WOULD BE GIVEN INFORMATION ABOUT THE LOCATION AND PATH OF THE STORM AND SAFE ACTIONS TO TAKE.

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. AT THIS TIME…PLEASE REVIEW YOUR TORNADO PREPAREDNESS PLANS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED ON THIS MESSAGE.

&&

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED ON THIS MESSAGE.

LAT…LON 4002 8481 4001 8520 3891 8546 3875 8586
3868 8668 3853 8669 3853 8744 3844 8773
3877 8750 3915 8766 3938 8754 4048 8754
4058 8678 4074 8676 4075 8665 4070 8638
4058 8637 4058 8587 4040 8586 4032 8481
TIME…MOT…LOC 2335Z 225DEG 30KT 3857 8753

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. TORNADO…TEST
HAIL…TEST

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DRT

Tornado Warning

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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/T.NEW.KIND.TO.W.0001.150319T1415Z-150319T1430Z/

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TEST…TORNADO WARNING…TEST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
1015 AM EDT THU MAR 19 2015

…THIS MESSAGE IS FOR TEST PURPOSES ONLY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN INDIANAPOLIS HAS ISSUED A

* TEST MESSAGE. THIS IS A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR…
ALL COUNTIES IN CENTRAL INDIANA…

* UNTIL 1030 AM EDT

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. NO SEVERE WEATHER IS OCCURRING. THIS TEST TORNADO WARNING IS BEING ISSUED AS PART OF INDIANA SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK. IF THIS WERE AN ACTUAL WARNING…YOU WOULD BE GIVEN INFORMATION ABOUT THE LOCATION AND PATH OF THE STORM AND SAFE ACTIONS TO TAKE.

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. AT THIS TIME…PLEASE REVIEW YOUR TORNADO PREPAREDNESS PLANS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED ON THIS MESSAGE.

&&

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED ON THIS MESSAGE.

LAT…LON 4002 8481 4001 8520 3891 8546 3875 8586
3868 8668 3853 8669 3853 8744 3844 8773
3877 8750 3915 8766 3938 8754 4048 8754
4058 8678 4074 8676 4075 8665 4070 8638
4058 8637 4058 8587 4040 8586 4032 8481
TIME…MOT…LOC 1415Z 225DEG 30KT 3857 8753

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. TORNADO…TEST
HAIL…TEST

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JEZ

Public Information Statement

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
800 AM EDT THU MAR 19 2015

…TORNADO DRILL DAY TODAY…

TEST TORNADO WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED TODAY BETWEEN 1000 AM AND 1030 AM EDT AND AGAIN BETWEEN 730 PM AND 800 PM EDT. FRIDAY IS MAKE UP DRILL DAY IF SEVERE WEATHER THREATENS TODAY.

SCHOOLS…BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO PRACTICE THEIR SAFETY PLANS DURING THE DRILLS TO ENSURE THE PLANS WORK PROPERLY. DISCUSS WHAT TO DO WHEN WATCHES ARE ISSUED. TAKE ACTION WHEN WARNINGS ARE ISSUED. REVIEW WARNINGS ACTIONS AND UPDATE THEM IF NEEDED.

THE TEST WARNINGS CHECK FOR QUICK AND ACCURATE INFORMATION
DISSEMINATION FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES TO COMMERCIAL BROADCASTERS…PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS. ALL OF US WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE THE PROCESS WILL WORK WHEN REAL EVENTS OCCUR.

THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA WILL RECEIVE AND DISSEMINATE THE TEST
INFORMATION AS THEY USUALLY DO…IN BROADCASTS…PAGES OR E-MAILS.

THE STATE POLICE WILL RECEIVE AND DISSEMINATE TEST WARNINGS TO COUNTY AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. COUNTY OR CITY OFFICIALS MAY SOUND THEIR TORNADO SIRENS AND CONTACT THEIR SCHOOLS…
BUSINESSES AND MEDICAL RELATED FACILITIES.

AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS WILL ACTIVATE SKYWARN OPERATIONS WITH COUNTY NET CONTROL OPERATORS MAKING HAM RADIO CONTACT WITH SKYWARN CONTROL CENTERS AT EACH NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.

COMMERCIAL BROADCASTERS…NOTE THE FOLLOWING. ENSURE YOUR EAS EQUIPMENT CAN RECEIVE /T O R/ CODE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADIOS WHICH WILL ACTIVATE THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM. AUDIO TEXT LESS THAN TWO MINUTES DURATION WILL BE BROADCAST BETWEEN START AND END CODES…DESCRIBING THE TEST TORNADO WARNING. ENSURE TEST WORDING IS CARRIED IN ANY MANUAL CRAWL CREATED.

PRACTICE YOUR DISASTER PLAN…IT MAY SAFE YOUR LIFE.

TODAY WE WILL ALSO COVER WHAT HAPPENS AT THE RESPONSE STAGE AFTER DAMAGE OCCURS.

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Public Information Statement

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
600 AM EDT THU MAR 19 2015

…WHAT HAPPENS DURING A DISASTER…

KNOWING WHAT TO DO DURING A DISASTER IS IMPORTANT. HERE ARE RESPONSE ACTIVITIES THAT SHOULD TAKE PLACE DURING OR SHORTLY AFTER A STORM.

YOUR ROLE DURING RESPONSE IS CRITICAL. ASSESS MEDICAL NEEDS. EVACUATE TO PRE-DESIGNATED MEETING AREA IF THE BUILDING IS DAMAGED. CALL 911 FOR HELP. TURN OFF GAS OR ELECTRICITY IF NEEDED AND IT IS SAFE TO DO SO. MONITOR A BATTERY OPERATED RADIO TO KEEP YOU INFORMED OF ANY EMERGENCY ORDERS. USE YOUR DISASTER SAFETY KIT IF NECESSARY.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUES MONITORING RADAR AND OTHER WEATHER DATA AND ISSUE OFFICIAL WARNINGS UNTIL THE EVENT HAS ENDED. DAMAGE SURVEY TEAMS ARE DISPATCHED TO ASSESS TORNADO DAMAGE. SPOTTERS AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS REPORT STORM DAMAGE AND TORNADO DATA.

THE MEDIA BROADCAST LIVE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WARNINGS OR CRAWL TEXT MESSAGES ON TV OR THEIR INTERNET SITES. TV METEOROLOGISTS CONTINUE TO ENHANCE DETAILS ON LOCATIONS THREATENED. NEWS CREWS ON THE STREETS REPORT LIVE FROM DAMAGE AREAS.

HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS MAINTAIN EMERGENCY OPERATIONS AND DEPLOY PERSONNEL TO DAMAGE AREAS. MEDICAL TECHNICIANS TREAT CASUALTY VICTIMS AND TRANSPORT THEM TO HOSPITALS. PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND UTILITY COMPANIES WORK TO MOVE DEBRIS…RESTORE POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS…AND CONTROL ACCESS TO DAMAGE AREAS. MORE ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY ROLE CAN BE FOUND AT THE INDIANA HOMELAND SECURITY WEBSITE UNDER EMERGENCY RESPONSE.

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS MAINTAINS EMERGENCY OPERATIONS…OPENS SHELTERS…DEPLOYS VOLUNTEERS AND PROVIDES LIFE SUSTAINING SUPPLIES TO VICTIMS AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS. MORE ON THE RED CROSS ROLE CAN BE FOUND AT THEIR WEBSITE UNDER DISASTER SERVICES.

STAY OUT OF DAMAGED BUILDINGS. STAY AWAY FROM ANY DOWNED POWER LINES…TREATING THEM AS IF THEY WERE LIVE. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND RETURN HOME ONLY WHEN THEY SAY IT IS SAFE.

USE THE TELEPHONE ONLY FOR EMERGENCY CALLS. TOO OFTEN PHONE LINES AND CELL PHONE CONNECTIONS CAN BE OVERWHELMED BY THE VOLUME OF CALLS AND PREVENTS AUTHORITIES FROM MAKING EMERGENCY CONTACTS.

TAKE PICTURES OF THE DAMAGE TO BOTH YOUR HOME AND ITS CONTENTS. THIS WILL HELP YOU FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES.

REMEMBER TO HELP YOUR NEIGHBORS WHO MAY REQUIRE SPECIAL ASSISTANCE… ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH INFANTS…ELDERLY OR DISABLED.

ON FRIDAY…WE WILL DISCUSS LONGER TERM RECOVERY.

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Public Information Statement

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
900 AM EDT WED MAR 18 2015

…WEATHER SAFETY RULES FOR TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS…

THIS WEEK IS SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN INDIANA. IF A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA…OR YOU SEE A TORNADO APPROACHING…DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO? DID YOU KNOW SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS CAN BE AS DAMAGING AS TORNADOES? HERE ARE SOME SAFETY RULES TO RECALL IF SEVERE WEATHER THREATENS. BE WEATHER READY.

IN HOMES…GET AWAY FROM WINDOWS…DOORS AND OUTSIDE WALLS. GO TO THE BASEMENT. IF YOU HAVE NO BASEMENT…GO TO A FIRST FLOOR ROOM AT THE CENTER OF THE HOUSE…PREFERABLY A BATHROOM…HALLWAY OR CLOSET. IF POSSIBLE GET UNDER HEAVY FURNITURE OR COVER YOUR HEAD WITH BLANKETS OR PILLOWS. DO NOT WASTE TIME OPENING WINDOWS.

IN SCHOOLS…FOLLOW SCHOOL OFFICIAL/S INSTRUCTIONS…GOING TO THE LOWEST FLOOR TO SMALL INTERIOR ROOMS OR HALLWAYS. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND DOORS. AVOID AUDITORIUMS AND GYMNASIUMS WITH LARGE FREE SPAN ROOFS THAT OFTEN COLLAPSE IN A TORNADO.

IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS…GO QUICKLY TO A DESIGNATED SHELTER AREA…OR TO AN INTERIOR HALLWAY OR SMALL ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR. STAY AWAY FROM GLASS. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. DO NOT GO TO YOUR CAR.

IN FACTORIES…POST A LOOKOUT. WORKERS SHOULD FOLLOW SAFETY PLANS… MOVING QUICKLY TO THE SAFEST SECTIONS OF THE FACILITY.

IN VEHICLES…TRY AND SEEK SHELTER IN A STRONG BUILDING. IF NO SHELTER IS NEARBY…AS A LAST RESORT LIE FLAT IN THE VEHICLE OR A LOW LYING AREA OUTSIDE AND COVER YOUR HEAD.

MOBILE HOMES…ABANDON THEM IMMEDIATELY. IF THERE IS NO REINFORCED BUILDING OR UNDERGROUND SHELTER NEARBY…TAKE COVER IN A DITCH OR DEPRESSION. NEWER PRE-MANUFACTURED HOMES…IF ANCHORED TO A SLAB FOUNDATION…ARE NEARLY AS SAFE AS OTHER STICK BUILT HOMES.

LARGE PUBLIC GATHERING PLACES…LIKE BALL PARKS…STADIUMS…RACE TRACKS…FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE ANNOUNCED BY OFFICIALS AT THE FACILITY.

ON THURSDAY…BE PREPARED FOR THE STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL. ALSO WE SEE WHAT ACTIVITIES TAKE PLACE DURING RESPONSE TO AN EMERGENCY.

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Public Information Statement

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
600 AM EDT WED MAR 18 2015

…WARNING ACTIVITIES / TORNADO DRILL DAY TOMORROW…

EVERY YEAR THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN COORDINATION WITH INDIANA/S DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY…THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION…STATE POLICE AND THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA…CONDUCTS A STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL.

THIS YEAR…THE STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILLS ARE ON THURSDAY MARCH 19. BE WEATHER READY AND ACT WHEN THE DRILL BEGINS.

WHEN WARNINGS ARE ISSUED…THAT IS YOUR CUE TO TAKE ACTION…GOING TO A SAFE LOCATION. DRILL DAY IS AN EXCELLENT TIME FOR EVERYONE TO EXERCISE THEIR TORNADO SAFETY PLANS.

HERE IS A LOOK AT THE ROLE OF EVERYONE IN THE WARNING PROCESS…

YOUR JOB IS TO TAKE COVER IN PRE-PLANNED STORM RESISTANT LOCATIONS. IF YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OTHERS MAKE SURE THEY ARE LED TO SAFE AREAS AS WELL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR RADIO OR TV SOURCES FOR EMERGENCY INFORMATION.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MONITORS RADAR AND OTHER WEATHER DATA AND ISSUES OFFICIAL WARNINGS AS NEEDED. NOAA ALL HAZARDS RADIO ACTIVATES THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM…SETTING OFF ALARMS ON HOME RADIOS…MEDIA STATIONS…ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND THE INTERNET. SKYWARN WEATHER SPOTTERS AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS REPORT FLOODING… HAIL AND WIND INFORMATION AND TORNADO POSITIONS.

THE MEDIA BROADCAST LIVE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WARNINGS. TV STATIONS ALSO CARRY TEXT CRAWL MESSAGES ON THE BOTTOM OF THE TV SCREEN. TV METEOROLOGISTS ENHANCE DETAIL ON LOCATIONS THREATENED. NEWS CREWS ON THE STREETS REPORT LIVE FROM ACTIVE WEATHER AREAS. RADIO STATIONS ARE ALSO IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY ALSO BREAK NORMAL PROGRAMMING TO CARRY WARNING INFORMATION. STORM DAMAGE REPORTS ARE ALSO PASSED ALONG BY RADIO BROADCASTERS TO THE PUBLIC AND INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF SAFE RESPONSE BY PEOPLE.

HOMELAND SECURITY…LAW ENFORCEMENT…FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS MAINTAIN ACTIVE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS. THESE AGENCIES RECEIVE STORM SPOTTER REPORTS AND DEPLOY PERSONNEL TO DAMAGE AREAS AS NEEDED. TORNADO WARNINGS OR REPORTS OF FUNNEL CLOUDS OR TORNADOES FROM DESIGNATED LOCAL OFFICIALS WILL PROMPT THE SOUNDING OF OUTDOOR WARNING SIRENS.

SCHOOLS WILL HAVE EVERYONE TAKE SHELTER IN THEIR PLANNED SAFE AREAS…EITHER IN INTERIOR CLASSROOMS OR IN SCHOOL HALLWAYS ON THE LOWEST FLOOR. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AND EVERYONE OUTSIDE IS BROUGHT TO SHELTER. BUS DRIVERS ARE TRAINED TO RETURN TO SCHOOL IF TIME ALLOWS OR GET CHILDREN TO A SAFE LOCATION IF THREATENED BY WEATHER.

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS MONITORS WEATHER REPORTS IN STORM SAFE LOCATIONS. HOMELAND SECURITY REPORTS ARE ALSO MONITORED IN CASE ACTIVATION OR DEPLOYMENT IS NEEDED.

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Public Information Statement

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
600 AM EDT TUE MAR 17 2015

…ACTIONS TAKEN WHEN WEATHER WATCHES ARE ISSUED…

WATCHES FOR SEVERE WEATHER ARE YOUR SIGNAL TO WATCH THE MEDIA AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TYPICALLY ISSUES TORNADO WATCHES SEVERAL HOURS BEFORE DAMAGING WEATHER OCCURS. OUR PARTNERS IN THE WATCH PROCESS ALSO TAKE FURTHER PREPARATION STEPS. HERE IS A LIST OF ACTIONS EVERYONE SHOULD TAKE…

YOUR JOB IS TO GET YOUR RED CROSS READY KIT HANDY AND TO BEGIN ACTIVELY MONITORING WEATHER INFORMATION. REVIEW YOUR SAFETY PLANS AND MAKE SURE EVERYONE YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWS WHAT TO DO SHOULD WEATHER THREATEN OR A WEATHER WARNING IS ISSUED.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM PREDICTION CENTER ISSUES
DISCUSSIONS REGARDING SEVERE WEATHER POTENTIAL HOURS BEFORE ANY THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOP. THEY FOLLOW WITH A TORNADO OR SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM WATCH IF NECESSARY. THE LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES RELEASE THE WATCH INFORMATION…ACTIVATING THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM AND ALERTING EVERYONE TO THE INCREASED RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER.

TELEVISION STATIONS RECEIVE THE WATCH INFORMATION FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE THEN IMMEDIATELY CARRY LIVE BREAK-INS OR CRAWL TEXT MESSAGES ON THE SCREEN. MOST TV STATIONS ALSO INCREASE THEIR METEOROLOGIST STAFFING AND BEGIN TO ASSEMBLE NEWS CREWS FOR
DEPLOYMENT TO ACTIVE WEATHER AREAS. RADIO STATIONS WILL BREAK INTO NORMAL PROGRAMMING AND ANNOUNCE THE WATCH INFORMATION ON THE RADIO.

HOMELAND SECURITY…HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS…EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICIALS…SCHOOLS…MEDICAL FACILITIES AND MANY BUSINESSES ACTIVATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS OR PLACE STAFFING ON A HIGH LEVEL OF READINESS. SCHOOLS ALERT STAFF AND BUS DRIVERS TO THE WEATHER THREAT AND ENSURE ACTIVE WEATHER WATCHING AND WARNING INFORMATION IS MONITORED.

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS ALERTS TRAINED VOLUNTEERS TO THE POTENTIAL FOR ACTIVATION AND CHECK INVENTORY OF DISASTER SUPPLIES.

ON WEDNESDAY…WE COVER WHAT TO DO DURING WARNINGS.

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