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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
600 AM EDT THU MAR 19 2015

...WHAT HAPPENS DURING A DISASTER...

KNOWING WHAT TO DO DURING A DISASTER IS IMPORTANT. HERE ARE RESPONSE
ACTIVITIES THAT SHOULD TAKE PLACE DURING OR SHORTLY AFTER A STORM.

YOUR ROLE DURING RESPONSE IS CRITICAL. ASSESS MEDICAL NEEDS. EVACUATE
TO PRE-DESIGNATED MEETING AREA IF THE BUILDING IS DAMAGED. CALL 911
FOR HELP. TURN OFF GAS OR ELECTRICITY IF NEEDED AND IT IS SAFE TO DO
SO. MONITOR A BATTERY OPERATED RADIO TO KEEP YOU INFORMED OF ANY
EMERGENCY ORDERS. USE YOUR DISASTER SAFETY KIT IF NECESSARY.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUES MONITORING RADAR AND OTHER
WEATHER DATA AND ISSUE OFFICIAL WARNINGS UNTIL THE EVENT HAS ENDED.
DAMAGE SURVEY TEAMS ARE DISPATCHED TO ASSESS TORNADO DAMAGE. SPOTTERS
AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS REPORT STORM DAMAGE AND TORNADO DATA.

THE MEDIA BROADCAST LIVE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WARNINGS OR CRAWL
TEXT MESSAGES ON TV OR THEIR INTERNET SITES. TV METEOROLOGISTS
CONTINUE TO ENHANCE DETAILS ON LOCATIONS THREATENED. NEWS CREWS ON
THE STREETS REPORT LIVE FROM DAMAGE AREAS.

HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS MAINTAIN EMERGENCY
OPERATIONS AND DEPLOY PERSONNEL TO DAMAGE AREAS. MEDICAL TECHNICIANS
TREAT CASUALTY VICTIMS AND TRANSPORT THEM TO HOSPITALS. PUBLIC
OFFICIALS AND UTILITY COMPANIES WORK TO MOVE DEBRIS...RESTORE POWER
AND COMMUNICATIONS...AND CONTROL ACCESS TO DAMAGE AREAS. MORE ON
THE HOMELAND SECURITY ROLE CAN BE FOUND AT THE INDIANA HOMELAND
SECURITY WEBSITE UNDER EMERGENCY RESPONSE.

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS MAINTAINS EMERGENCY OPERATIONS...OPENS
SHELTERS...DEPLOYS VOLUNTEERS AND PROVIDES LIFE SUSTAINING SUPPLIES
TO VICTIMS AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS. MORE ON THE RED CROSS ROLE CAN
BE FOUND AT THEIR WEBSITE UNDER DISASTER SERVICES.

STAY OUT OF DAMAGED BUILDINGS. STAY AWAY FROM ANY DOWNED POWER
LINES...TREATING THEM AS IF THEY WERE LIVE. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS OF
LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND RETURN HOME ONLY WHEN THEY SAY IT IS SAFE.

USE THE TELEPHONE ONLY FOR EMERGENCY CALLS. TOO OFTEN PHONE LINES AND
CELL PHONE CONNECTIONS CAN BE OVERWHELMED BY THE VOLUME OF CALLS AND
PREVENTS AUTHORITIES FROM MAKING EMERGENCY CONTACTS.

TAKE PICTURES OF THE DAMAGE TO BOTH YOUR HOME AND ITS CONTENTS. THIS
WILL HELP YOU FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES.

REMEMBER TO HELP YOUR NEIGHBORS WHO MAY REQUIRE SPECIAL ASSISTANCE...
ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH INFANTS...ELDERLY OR DISABLED.

ON FRIDAY...WE WILL DISCUSS LONGER TERM RECOVERY.

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