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Severe Weather

Severe Weather Preparedness

  1. Know Your Risk
    - Tornado, flooding, etc...
  1. Take Action
    - Complete a tornado drill, prepare an emergency kit, etc...
  1. Be a Force of Nature
    - Create a plan, join a volunteer agency, etc...

Tornado Drills

The State of Indiana conducts an annual statewide tornado drill during the month of March. This drill normally takes place during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week in mid-March, which is sponsored by the National Weather Service. The purpose of this drill and Preparedness Week is to promote severe weather awareness and preparedness techniques for all civilians. Severe weather is a major threat to the lives and property of everyone around the world and should always be taken seriously! In response to the statewide tornado drill, Monroe County Emergency Management will activate all of the countywide outdoor warning sirens and will send out a test alert message through the Monroe County Alert System. This drill won't happen if there is any sign of inclement weather for the scheduled drill date. 

Weather Radios

Contact our office for a free weather radio. Limited supply available. Batteries not included. 

Myths

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.

Contact Us

Jamie Neibel,
Director Emergency Management
5850 W Foster Curry Dr
Bloomington, IN 47403
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  • Phone: (812) 349-2546
  • Fax: (812) 349-2052
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