Two Statewide Tornado Drills March 22 to Prepare for Severe Weather Season

As part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 20-26, the Division of Homeland Security (DHS), and other partners have selected Tuesday, March 22, for two statewide tornado drills. During the drills, the National Weather Service (NWS) will send a ‘tone alerted’ warning message over the NOAA Weather Radios. DHS will also be setting off the outdoor warning sirens. The first test will be initiated at 10:15 AM, and the second test will be initiated at 7:35 PM. The evening test will allow families the opportunity to practice their own personal safety measures within their home. Should actual severe weather be a threat on Tuesday, March 22nd, the test will not occur.
Indianapolis Homeland Security Chief Gary Coons said, “Severe Weather Preparedness Week is designed to refresh, remind and educate everyone about the threats from severe weather and how to avoid them. It is a great time to talk to your family about what to do in an emergency. It is that time to dust off your emergency plan and build or refresh your emergency preparedness kit.” DHS encourages citizens to prepare themselves for severe weather by building your own kit that includes a NOAA Weather Radio which will alert you of severe weather day or night, and making an emergency family plan. NWS reminds us that Indiana averages 20 tornadoes a year, with 26 tornadoes last year alone. Tornadoes can occur year round but are most likely from April to June.
DHS will also be hosting an open house on March 22, at 6:00 PM, with a tour of the new Regional Operations Center. At 7:00 PM, a Tornado Awareness Workshop will present information on how to prepare for severe weather. Throughout the week, DHS will be sharing tornado awareness tips and general preparedness guidelines on social media.

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