Statement issued Friday by the Allen County Public Information Office:
With the recent tornado damage in southern Indiana reminding us all that severe weather can strike at any time, the Allen County Board of Commissioners wants residents to know that it’s never too soon to begin preparing for the spring storm season.
The Commissioners have proclaimed March 18-24 as “Severe Weather Preparedness Week” in Allen County and are encouraging the public to learn what to do if a thunderstorm, tornado or flooding incident threatens their homes.
“It is important that effective public education programs concerning severe weather preparedness procedures continue for the benefit of all Allen County residents,” the Commissioners said in their proclamation.
The Allen County Office of Homeland Security is recommending that residents formulate an emergency action plan that includes:
• staying alert during severe weather conditions;
• having a designated safe area in their home and business; and
• maintaining a reliable method of obtaining official news and information by radio, television or NOAA All Hazards Radio.
Each day during the week, topics to help everyone be prepared when severe weather occurs will be shared on the Allen County INfo Facebook and Twitter social media sites and the county’s Nixle public safety network.
Also on March 21, Allen County government offices and departments will participate in a statewide tornado drill being conducted by the National Weather Service and the Indiana Office of Homeland Security.
To find out more about preparing for severe weather, visit www.GetPrepared.in.gov.