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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
900 AM EDT Mon Mar 20 2017

...Actions taken when weather watches are issued...

Watches for severe weather are your signal to watch the media and be
prepared to take action. The National Weather Service typically
issues Tornado Watches several hours before damaging weather occurs.
Our partners in the watch process also take further preparation
steps. Here is a list of actions everyone should take.

Your job is to get your Red Cross ready kit handy and to begin
actively monitoring weather information. Review your safety plans
and make sure everyone you are responsible for knows what to do
should weather threaten or a weather warning is issued.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center issues
discussions regarding severe weather potential hours before any
thunderstorms develop. They follow with a Tornado or Severe
Thunderstorm Watch, if necessary. The local National Weather
Service offices release the watch information, activating the
Emergency Alert System and alerting everyone to the increased risk
of severe weather.

Television stations receive the watch information from the National
Weather Service then immediately carry live break-ins or crawl text
messages on the screen. Most TV stations also increase their
meteorologist staffing and begin to assemble news crews for
deployment to active weather areas. Radio stations will break into
normal programming and announce the watch information on the radio.

Homeland security, highway departments, emergency response
officials, schools, medical facilities and many businesses activate
emergency operations or place staffing on a high level of readiness.
Schools alert staff and bus drivers to the weather threat and ensure
active weather watch and warning information is monitored.

The American Red Cross alerts trained volunteers to the potential
for activation and check inventory of disaster supplies.

On Tuesday, we will cover what to do during warnings.

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