Severe Weather Preparedness
1. Know Your Risk
-Tornado, flooding, etc...
2. Take Action
-Complete a tornado drill, prepare an emergency kit, etc...
3. Be a Force of Nature
-Create a plan, join a volunteer agency, etc...
The National Weather Service will be conducting tornado drills for the entire state of Indiana on Thursday, March 19th. There will be one in the morning between10:00 - 10:30am. The second will be held in the evening between 7:30-8:00pm. We will sound the sirens as well as send a test message through the Monroe County Alert Notification System.
Contact our office for a free weather radio. Limited supply available. Batteries not included.
Myth #1: Any Building is Safe During a Tornado
Manufactured buildings often can’t stand up to the wind speed and pressure, and are not safe shelters during a tornado. Hoosiers living in mobile homes or similar structures should talk to friends, family or neighbors to find a safe shelter in advance.
Permanent structures are best for shelter during a tornado, especially if they have a basement. Interior, lower level rooms away from doors and windows can be an adequate backup plan.
Myth #2: Seek Shelter in an Underpass During Tornadoes
When traveling during a tornado, an underpass is one of the worst places to take shelter. Wind speeds can increase while flowing under the structure, and serious injuries can occur. Seek shelter in a permanent structure (even better if it has a basement), or find a low-laying area and lay down flat on the ground.
Myth #3: Open Windows Prior to Tornado Strike to Equalize Pressure Inside the House to Prevent it from Exploding
Opening windows does not help equalize pressure, and spending the time cracking those windows can use up valuable seconds needed to take shelter. When an alert sounds on television, phones or all hazard radios, seek shelter right away.
Myth #4: If outside in a thunderstorm, seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.
Most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors. Seek shelter right away, preferably in a building or hard top automobile. Although injuries can occur to someone in a car if lightning strikes the vehicle, being inside a hard-topped vehicle is better than outside. If no shelter is available, crouch in a low area such as a ravine or valley and stay alert for flash floods.
Myth #5: There’s No Way to Prepare for Disasters
Taking steps now can make a big difference during an emergency. Making a plan, building an emergency kit and learning about common local risks can help increase safety. Visit the Indiana Department of Homeland Security site GetPrepared.IN.gov for more information and resources for severe weather and floods.