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Issued by NWS Indianapolis, IN

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
600 AM EDT Sun Mar 19 2017

This week is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. Everyone
has a critical role in safety during severe weather. Today, we will
discuss roles of key players and planning for severe weather.

Though severe weather can happen any time of the day or year, it
occurs most often from April to July.

National Weather Service offices train volunteers called Skywarn
spotters who report what thunderstorms are producing. These reports
are correlated with radar data and aid meteorologists in the warning
process. Local National Weather Service web sites identify Skywarn
spotter training dates and locations.

Television and radio stations are key players in weather safety by
broadcasting National Weather Service watches and warnings. They
also provide weather hazard safety information in program specials
and outreach functions. The media also carry recovery efforts after
disasters. Stations also relay the statewide tornado drill warning.

Newspapers are involved, too, by promoting Severe Weather
Preparedness Week and carrying stories of damaging or significant
weather events.

State and county homeland security agencies also prepare for severe
weather. These officials plan for and respond to disasters and
coordinate recovery efforts. County homeland security also helps
arrange National Weather Service Skywarn spotter training and
supports medical facilities, schools and businesses with weather
safety procedures.

State, county and local highway, law enforcement, fire department
and emergency response agencies as well as the American Red Cross
and other volunteer organizations also plan for and respond to
weather emergencies. The Indiana State Police disseminates National
Weather Service watches and warnings to the counties. Many law
enforcement and fire department personnel receive Skywarn spotter
training, participate in storm spotting, and aid citizens when
disasters occur. These people are the first on scene after a
disaster.

Schools, the private sector and members of the general public also
play an important role in severe weather preparedness. That role is
to know how weather may threaten, to have a plan of action, to
exercise the plan, and then to follow the plan when severe weather
strikes. Everyone must remain aware of the potential for severe
weather, actively monitor weather information sources and take
action when warnings are issued or storms threaten.

On Monday, we will cover Hazardous Weather Outlooks and Watches and
what everyone should do long before any hazardous weather occurs.

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