Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Chicago, IL

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
300 PM CDT WED MAR 18 2015

...INDIANA TORNADO DRILLS ON THURSDAY...

TEST TORNADO WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED FOR ALL INDIANA COUNTIES ON
THURSDAY  BETWEEN 900 AM AND 930 AM CDT / 1000 AM AND 1030 AM EDT /
AND AGAIN THURSDAY EVENING BETWEEN 630 PM AND 700 PM CDT / 730 PM
AND 800 PM EDT /.

SCHOOLS...BUSINESSES...AND FAMILIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO PRACTICE THEIR
SAFETY PLANS DURING THE DRILLS TO ENSURE THE PLANS WORK PROPERLY.
DISCUSS WHAT TO DO WHEN WATCHES ARE ISSUED. TAKE ACTION WHEN
WARNINGS ARE ISSUED. REVIEW WARNINGS ACTIONS AND UPDATE THEM IF
NEEDED.

THE TEST WARNINGS CHECK FOR QUICK AND ACCURATE INFORMATION
DISSEMINATION FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES TO COMMERCIAL
BROADCASTERS...PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS. ALL OF
US WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE THE PROCESS WILL WORK WHEN REAL EVENTS
OCCUR.

THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA WILL RECEIVE AND DISSEMINATE THE TEST
INFORMATION AS THEY USUALLY DO...IN BROADCASTS...PAGES OR E-MAILS.

THE STATE POLICE WILL RECEIVE AND DISSEMINATE TEST WARNINGS TO
COUNTY AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. COUNTY OR CITY OFFICIALS
MAY SOUND THEIR TORNADO SIRENS AND CONTACT THEIR SCHOOLS...
BUSINESSES AND MEDICAL RELATED FACILITIES.

COMMERCIAL BROADCASTERS...NOTE THE FOLLOWING. ENSURE YOUR EAS
EQUIPMENT CAN RECEIVE / T O R / CODE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE RADIOS WHICH WILL ACTIVATE THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM. AUDIO
TEXT LESS THAN TWO MINUTES DURATION WILL BE BROADCAST BETWEEN START
AND END CODES...DESCRIBING THE TEST TORNADO WARNING. ENSURE TEST
WORDING IS CARRIED IN ANY MANUAL CRAWL CREATED.

PRACTICE YOUR DISASTER PLAN...IT MAY SAFE YOUR LIFE.

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