Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Northern Indiana

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
828 AM EDT THU MAR 19 2015 /728 AM CDT THU MAR 19 2015/

...TORNADO DRILL DAY TODAY...

TEST TORNADO WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED TODAY FOR NORTHERN INDIANA
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.

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