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Severe Weather Preparedness

Governor Eric J. Holcomb has proclaimed March 13–19, 2022, as Severe Weather Preparedness Week
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For more information about Indiana’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week, visit the NWS Indianapolis Forecast Office website.

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Governor Eric J. Holcomb has proclaimed March 13–19, 2022, as Severe Weather Preparedness Week
View governor's proclamation

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Each year, IDHS collaborates with the National Weather Service during Severe Weather Preparedness Week to remind and educate Hoosiers about seasonal severe weather threats and how to effectively prepare for them.

Throughout the week, IDHS will share severe weather safety tips on social media. Follow IDHS and use the hashtags #SevereWx and #SWPW!

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Apply for a New Safe Room

Starting March 15, IDHS will accept applications for the Residential Safe Room Program, which provides rebates for installations of prefabricated tornado shelters (safe rooms) for Indiana residences. The deadline to apply is April 15.
Learn about the program and apply

Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Severe Weather Preparedness Week


IDHS Director of Emergency Management Mary Moran welcomes Hoosiers to Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

Apply for a New Safe Room

Safe Room sign Starting March 15, IDHS will accept applications for the Residential Safe Room Program, which provides rebates for installations of prefabricated tornado shelters (safe rooms) for Indiana residences. The deadline to apply is April 15.
Learn about the program and apply

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Every Hoosier business, school and family should participate in the statewide tornado drill. The drill allows you to practice where to go, what to do and what to take so you are prepared in the event of a real tornado warning.

Between 10 and 10:30 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, March 15, the National Weather Service (NWS) will issue a test tornado warning alert, which will be shared through most notification systems, including the statewide Emergency Alert System (EAS). Wherever you are at the time, practice your tornado safety plan. There will be no follow-up alerts issued by the NWS to mark the end of the statewide tornado drill. It ends when your business, school or family feels that you have adequately practiced your safety procedures.

Tornado Safety Reminders

  • Have a location designated as your safe spot regardless of what kind of building you are in. A basement or storm shelter is best, but an interior room, stairway or hall without a window or door to the outside is acceptable.
  • Use a helmet, blanket or mattress as protection for your head and neck. This protects the most vulnerable parts of your body from flying debris.
  • Consider how you would be alerted if there were an actual tornado warning. Sirens are meant to be heard outside and cannot be relied on if you are indoors. Having a NOAA weather radio or weather alert app is recommended.

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Storm Spotter Training

Storm Spotter Training

The National Weather Service offers free storm spotter trainings around the state throughout the spring. These two-hour classes teach the severe weather information that county officials and the weather service need to know from spotters to accurately issue warnings.
Find the full list of trainings and how to register

How are storm spotters used? Read the Hoosier Responder article "Keeping Eyes on the Skies Saves Lives"

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Flood Insurance Facts

Flood Insurance Facts

  • Just 1 inch of water can cause $25,000 of damage to an average 2,500 square-foot, one-story home.
  • Indiana had 103 flooding or heavy rain events in 2021, with 123 flood insurance claims totaling $3.5 million.
  • Standard homeowner's and renter's insurance policies do not include flood insurance protection.

Visit in.gov/floodinsurance to learn about flood insurance. New policies take 30 days to become effective, so act quickly to beat spring floods caused by melting snow and spring rains.

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