(Dearborn County, Ind.) – The past couple springs have seen an abnormally high number of tornadoes in Indiana.
That’s why Hoosiers need to be prepared for severe weather which can arise at any time, any time of year.
March 24 through 30 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. Dearborn County Commissioners declared a local proclamation this week.
“2011 brought a record 72 tornadoes to Indiana, including 32 on April 19 and 26 on May 25, with both days alone exceeding the annual average of 21 tornadoes for Indiana; and whereas tornadoes can occur any time of the year as was evidenced by the March 2, 2012 tornadoes in southern Indiana,” the commissioners’ proclamations stated.
Flooding and thunderstorms are other common Springtime natural disasters capable of doing property damage and taking lives. Dearborn County Emergency Management Agency Director Bill Black asks everyone to take some time during the week to check their emergency plans and to be prepared for severe weather.
“Reminder that we only set the outdoor sirens off for Tornado Warnings. Everyone should have a weather radio at home to hear what the National Weather Service has to say,” Black said. “There are also several apps for smart phones to help to be informed.”
Black says residents can also reference local radio and television stations for updates during bad weather.
Eagle 99.3 and other radio stations across Indiana will participate in two live tornado warning tests on Wednesday, March 27. One will occur at 10:15 a.m., followed by another at 7:35 p.m. Listeners can use the test as an opportunity to practice their emergency response.
More information on severe weather preparedness can be found on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website, http://www.in.gov/dhs/3163.htm.