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Issued by NWS Indianapolis, IN

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

This week is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.

Long before any warnings are issued, the National Weather Service
provides long range notice of potential for severe weather.
Likewise, our partners, the media, public officials and response
agencies begin preparations long before storms cause damage. Here is
a list of what we all do at the outlook stage.

The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center provides
hazard threat outlooks up to 14 days in advance. The National
Weather Service Storm Prediction Center provides outlooks on severe
thunderstorm potential up to eight days in advance. Local NWS weather
offices issue a Hazardous Weather Outlook each day identifying
weather risks in the coming week.

Weather hazard outlooks provide everyone with a long time frame to
plan ahead and to check resources.

Local TV meteorologists begin broadcasting concerns for any severe
weather threat days to as much as a week in advance. The
meteorologists keep their news staff informed of storms that may
become headline stories later in the week. The news staff then
develops staffing plans for news crews that head to the streets to
report on the weather as it occurs.

Homeland security and highway departments monitor National Weather
Service outlooks to determine need for hazard preparations. Should
severe weather be a threat later in the week, staffing and supplies
are checked for adequacy.

The American Red Cross monitors National Weather Service outlooks
to determine a need for hazard preparations. Should severe weather
become a possibility, staffing and supply levels are checked.

Schools, law enforcement and fire departments monitor National
Weather Service outlooks to determine their need for preparations.
Staffing and supplies are again checked for adequacy.

Your job is to monitor National Weather Service outlooks to
determine your need for hazard preparations. Should severe weather
be a threat later in the week, check to make sure you have all the
supplies you would need for an emergency. Review your safety
evacuation plans to make ensure of a safe location to go should
severe weather occur.

Again at the outlook stage for severe weather, it is a time frame
to begin reviewing your plans and to begin paying closer attention
to daily weather forecasts and the severe weather threat in
particular.

On Tuesday, we will discuss actions at the warning stage.

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