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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN  
600 AM EDT SAT MAR 25 2017  
 
THIS WEEK HAS BEEN SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN INDIANA.  
BEING A WEATHER-READY NATION CAN HELP REDUCE DISASTER COSTS,  
ESPECIALLY THE LOSS OF LIVES.  
 
PREPAREDNESS AND ACTION ARE THE KEYS TO SAFETY DURING ANY KIND OF  
HAZARD. YOU HAVE LEARNED THE ROLE OF THE MANY PLAYERS THAT ARE  
INVOLVED BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER DISASTERS.  
 
IF YOU DO NOT TAKE ACTION DURING WARNINGS OR DO NOT KNOW THE  
APPROPRIATE ACTIONS TO TAKE, THEN WARNINGS ARE USELESS AND NATURAL  
HAZARDS CAN BECOME NATURAL DISASTERS.  
 
YOU MUST, REPEAT MUST, PLAN FOR AND RESPOND TO EXTREME WEATHER  
EVENTS. DEVELOP A PLAN, PRACTICE IT, AND TAKE ACTION FOR WARNINGS  
OR WHEN WEATHER THREATENS. ALSO HAVE HANDY A FIRST AID KIT, BATTERY  
OPERATED RADIO FLASHLIGHTS AND FRESH BATTERIES. POST EMERGENCY  
TELEPHONE NUMBERS BY THE PHONE. EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW WHERE AND WHEN  
TO SHUT-OFF UTILITIES. BE SURE TO HAVE ADEQUATE INSURANCE AND AN  
ACCURATE INVENTORY OF ITEMS.  
 
IF A TORNADO THREATENS, GO TO THE LOWEST AVAILABLE FLOOR AND TO AN  
INTERIOR AREA SUCH AS A BATHROOM, HALLWAY OR CLOSET. HAVE A SAFE  
AREA PLANNED FOR EACH FLOOR AND EACH ROOM IN CASE THERE IS NO TIME  
TO REACH YOUR SAFEST LOCATION. IF OUTSIDE, TRY TO PROTECT YOURSELF  
FROM FLYING DEBRIS. AT PUBLIC FACILITIES, FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF  
THOSE IN AUTHORITY.  
 
MOBILE HOMES ARE NOT SAFE AND SHOULD BE ABANDONED LONG BEFORE THE  
STORM ARRIVES. VEHICLES ARE NOT SAFE EITHER. FIND STURDY STRUCTURE  
IMMEDIATELY OR GET IN A DITCH AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.  
 
EVERYONE IN YOUR FAMILY SHOULD KNOW WHERE TO FIND EACH OTHER AFTER  
THE SEVERE WEATHER HAS PASSED. HAVE A MEETING PLACE OUTSIDE YOUR  
HOME AND ANOTHER OUTSIDE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FOLLOW THE ASSISTANCE  
FROM AUTHORITIES. CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY IF YOUR HOME IS  
DAMAGED.  
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WORKS WITH ITS PARTNERS, HOMELAND  
SECURITY, THE RED CROSS, EMERGENCY RESPONDERS AND THE MEDIA TO  
HELP MAKE SURE YOU ARE PREPARED FOR MANY TYPES OF HAZARDS.  
 
THE FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY OF THE ROLE EACH PARTNER PLAYS.  
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES OFFICIAL WATCHES AND  
WARNINGS, SENDING THESE THROUGH NOAA WEATHER RADIO, TO THE MEDIA  
AND PUBLIC AGENCIES. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DISSEMINATES  
STORM SPOTTER REPORTS AND PROVIDES WEATHER SAFETY TRAINING TO  
ANYONE INTERESTED.  
 
NEWS MEDIA HELPS PROTECT THE PUBLIC BY BROADCASTING NATIONAL  
WEATHER SERVICE WARNINGS. THEY BROADCAST CONFIRMING INFORMATION  
ON DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS AND CARRY IMPORTANT SAFETY  
MESSAGES. THE MEDIA REPORTS ON RECOVERY EFFORTS AND PROVIDES THE  
PUBLIC WITH INFORMATION ON HOW TO REACH FOR HELP IN RECOVERY. THE  
MEDIA EDUCATES PEOPLE ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER AND WEATHER SAFETY.  
 
STATE AND LOCAL PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND THE AMERICAN RED CROSS PLAN  
FOR AND RESPOND TO EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS. THEY RELAY NATIONAL  
WEATHER SERVICE WARNINGS THROUGH LOCAL WARNING SYSTEMS. THEY  
FACILITATE RECOVERY EFFORTS AFTER DISASTERS. THESE PUBLIC SAFETY  
ORGANIZATIONS ALSO PROMOTE WEATHER SAFETY BY SCHEDULING NATIONAL  
WEATHER SERVICE SKYWARN SPOTTER CLASSES. THEY ALSO WORK WITH  
COMMUNITY LEADERS, BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE  
SAFETY PLANS ARE IN PLACE PRIOR TO DISASTERS.  
 
EACH YEAR, MANY PEOPLE ARE KILLED OR SERIOUSLY INJURED BY  
TORNADOES. SOMETIMES THERE IS WARNING, OTHER TIMES THERE IS NOT.  
 
ULTIMATELY...YOU WILL HAVE TO DECIDE WHEN TO TAKE ACTION IF A  
WARNING IS ISSUED OR THE SKY BECOMES THREATENING. IT COULD BE THE  
MOST IMPORTANT DECISION OF YOUR LIFE! SO, HAVE A DISASTER PLAN IN  
PLACE AND DO PRACTICE DRILLS TO MAINTAIN IT.  
 
FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON ALL WEATHER, INCLUDING SEVERE  
WEATHER WATCHES AND WARNINGS, VISIT YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER  
SERVICE WEBSITE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV.  
 

 
 
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