Severe Weather Preparedness Week
in Boone County, Indiana

March 2nd through 8th, 2008

Governor Mitch Daniels has proclaimed March 2nd through 8th, 2008 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. The National Weather Service, in conjunction with the Indiana State Police, Indiana Homeland Security, the Indiana School System, the Broadcast Media across Indiana, Amateur Radio Operators and Boone County public service agencies, including the Boone County Emergency Management Agency, will conduct statewide and local tests of communication systems on Wednesday, March 5 between 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM EST and between 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM EST.

The goal of Severe Weather Preparedness Week is to better educate people about the hazards of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, and to help everyone be prepared should severe weather occur.

If weather postpones the tests, make-up drill day is Friday, March 7 at the same times.

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground.

The average forward speed is 30 mph but may vary from nearly stationary to 70 mph.

TORNADO SAFETY

IN HOMES OR SMALL BUILDINGS:
Go to the basement (if available) or to an interior room on the lowest floor, such as a closet or bathroom. Wrap yourself in overcoats or blankets to protect yourself from flying debris.

IN SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, FACTORIES, OR SHOPPING CENTERS:
Go to interior rooms and halls on the lowest floor. Stay away from glass enclosed places or areas with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums and warehouses. Crouch down and cover your head.

IN HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS:
Go to interior small rooms or halls. Stay away from exterior walls or glassy areas.

IN CARS OR MOBILE HOMES:
ABANDON THEM IMMEDIATELY!! Most deaths occur in cars and mobile homes. If you are in either of those locations, leave them and go to a substantial structure or designated tornado shelter.

IF NO SUITABLE STRUCTURE IS NEARBY:
Lie flat in the nearest ditch or depression and use your hands to cover your head.


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