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Issued by NWS Indianapolis, IN

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
600 AM EDT Tue Mar 21 2017

...Statewide Tornado Drill today...

The statewide tornado drills are today, Tuesday, March 21st. Be
weather ready and take action when the drill begins.

The National Weather Service coordinates the statewide tornado drill
with Indiana`s Department of Homeland Security, the Department of
Education, State Police and the electronic media.

When warnings are issued, that is your cue to take action, going to
a safe location. Tornado 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 information
is passed along by broadcasters to help lead to sheltering 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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