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[s14] KRUSE REPORT: Preparing for Indiana's Severe Weather
Start Date: 6/14/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 6/14/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Those of us who are old enough remember the Palm Sunday Tornadoes that ravaged our state in April of 1965. The 11 tornadoes that touched down that day hit 20 counties in central and northern Indiana, causing more than $30 million in damages and injuring nearly 2,000 people.

Understanding the destruction such severe storms can cause has made us aware of how important it is to prepare for storms and severe weather of all types. With that in mind, I want to make you aware that national and state agencies, as well as various non-profit groups, have developed preparedness plans for Hoosiers and their families.

There are two important alerts you may need to follow. A watch means conditions are favorable for dangerous weather. For example, for storms that move quickly, a watch means the odds are good for severe weather, but it’s not yet happening. A warning means the dangerous weather is threatening the area. For instance, thunderstorms, tornados and flash floods are occurring, and you may need to seek shelter immediately.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security developed a severe weather preparedness fact sheet to help families understand how to prepare before, during and after storms hit. Some of the important facts include:

Before:
•    Keep trees trimmed so they won’t fall onto buildings, cars or people.
•    If in a flood plan, put hot water heaters, electrical panels and furnaces away from the ground.
•    When making a disaster kit, make sure you can take it with you in case of evacuation.

During:
•    Postpone or cancel outdoor activities and listen to weather reports.
•    If in a vehicle, get out and go into a strong building if possible. In case of a tornado, lie in a flat ditch and cover your head.
•    If you live in a mobile home, get out immediately. Seek shelter in a building with a strong foundation.
•    Basements, inner rooms and storm cellars provide the best protection during a thunderstorm or tornado.

After:
•    If injured, seek necessary medical care.
•    If you can, safely help others who may be trapped or injured.
•    Stay out of damaged buildings and any building surrounded by flood water.
•    Avoid entering any building until local officials indicate it is safe.

The Homeland Security fact sheet and other additional information concerning severe storms can be found at http://www.in.gov/dhs/3163.htm.

Lastly, in the wake of the severe storms that ravaged Moore, Okla., our thoughts and prayers remain with the residents affected. A storm that lethal is something we may not ever understand, but taking the precautionary steps to prepare for it is something that we all can do.    

What do you think?  

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Contact Information:
Name: Brady Hagerty
Phone: 317-232-9425
Email: bhagerty@iga.in.gov
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