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Public information statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
900 AM EDT Tue Mar 20 2018


This week is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. If a
Tornado Warning is issued for your area, or you see a tornado
approaching, do you know what to do? Did you know severe
thunderstorms can be as damaging as tornadoes? Here are some safety
rules to recall if severe weather threatens. Be weather-ready.

In homes, get away from windows, doors and outside walls. Go to the
basement. If you have no basement, go to a first floor room at
the center of the house, preferably a bathroom, hallway or closet.
If possible get under heavy furniture or cover your head with
blankets or pillows. Do not waste time opening windows.

In schools, follow school official`s instructions, going to the
lowest floor to small interior rooms or hallways. Stay away from
windows and doors. Avoid auditoriums and gymnasiums with large free
span roofs that often collapse in a tornado.

In public buildings, go quickly to a designated shelter area, or
to an interior hallway or small room on the lowest floor. Stay away
from glass. Do not use elevators. Do not go to your car.

In factories, post a lookout. Workers should follow safety plans,
moving quickly to the safest sections of the facility.

In vehicles, try and seek shelter in a strong building. If no
shelter is nearby, as a last resort lie flat in the vehicle or a
low lying area outside and cover your head with your arms.

Mobile homes, abandon them immediately. If there is no reinforced
building or underground shelter nearby, take cover in a ditch or
depression. Newer pre-manufactured homes, if anchored to a slab
foundation, are nearly as safe as other stick built homes.

Large public gathering places, like ball parks, stadiums, and
race tracks, follow the guidance announced by officials at the

On Wednesday, see what activities take place during response to
an emergency.

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