Severe Weather Preparedness Week

 Bloomington/Monroe County to Observe Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 19-25

Bloomington, Ind. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has declared the week of March 19 through March 25, as Severe Weather Preparedness Week.  As part of the observance, two tornado drills will be conducted in Bloomington/Monroe County on Tuesday, March 21.  The first will occur during the morning between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  The second will take place during the evening between 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Notifications will also be sent to subscribers of the Monroe County Alert Program.

A full drill will be executed during these test times.  This means the sirens will activate for the full five minutes as is the standard operating procedure whenever an actual tornado warning is issued.

Should severe weather be present, the tornado drills will be postponed until the following day, Wednesday, March 22, at the same times.

“The tornado drills offer an opportunity for schools, businesses and families to discuss and practice their emergency plan,” stated Monroe County Emergency Management Director Allison Moore.  “It’s important that everyone, regardless of where they are when severe weather strikes, is aware of what to do and where to go.”

Moore also stated that individuals interested in receiving emergency alerts, such as tornado warnings, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods specific to the Bloomington/Monroe County area, can do so by signing up for the Monroe County Alert Program.

The Monroe County Alert Program allows its users to select from ten National Weather Service automated alerts specific to designated addresses.  Users can also choose how time-sensitive messages are received: by email, text message, home, mobile or business phone, or through other methods.

Signing up for the Monroe County Alert Program can be accomplished by visiting the Monroe County homepage, www.co.monroe.in.us, and clicking on the Citizen Alert icon.  For additional information on safety precautions during severe weather, the public is encouraged to visit www.ready.gov, or contact the Monroe County Emergency Management office at 812.349.2546.

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