Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Indianapolis, IN

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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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