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Severe weather preparedness week

This week is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. It is intended to help you and your family prepare for severe weather.

All week long the National Weather Service will be putting out information so you know what to do in severe weather.

This week was declared on March 5 by Governor Mike Pence as a result of previous disasters that have hit the state.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak, which is to this day the largest tornado to touch down in Indiana with the most fatalities.

2015 also marks the 25th anniversary of the June 1990 tornado outbreak which had the greatest number of tornadoes in a single event.

Back in 2012, southern Indiana was devastated by hail, storms, and straight line winds that resulted in fatalities and a federal disaster declaration. 

This is a breakdown of the week:

Monday is focused on the severe weather outlook. This involves knowing what to do when bad weather hits. The best way to be prepared is having a plan.

Tuesday is about taking action. This means watching the sky, weather radar, and paying attention to what is going on around you when a storm is coming.

Wednesday will be about knowing the warning signs of storms.

Thursday the National Weather Service will issue test tornado warnings between 10:00-10:30 a.m. and again between 7:30-8:00 p.m.  

Friday is disaster recovery and Saturday wraps up the week with tips on how to be prepared.

For more information on how to be prepared when severe weather hits Michiana, click here.
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