Public Information Statement
Statement as of 8:57 am CDT on March 17, 2014
... This week is severe weather preparedness week in Indiana...
Long before any warnings are issued the National Weather Service
provides long range notice of potential for severe weather.
Likewise... our partners... the media... public officials and response
agencies... begin preparations long before storms cause damage. Here
is a list of what we all do at the outlook stage.
The National Weather Service climate prediction center provides
hazard threat outlooks up to 14 days in advance. The Storm
Prediction Center provides outlooks on severe thunderstorm potential
up to eight days in advance. Local weather offices issue a hazardous
weather outlook each day identifying weather risks in the coming
Weather hazard outlooks provide everyone with a time frame to plan
ahead and to check resources.
Local TV meteorologists begin broadcasting concerns for any severe
weather threat up to a week in advance. The meteorologists keep
their news staff informed of storms that may become headline
stories later in the week. The news staff then develops staffing
plans for field news crews.
Homeland security and Highway departments monitor National Weather
Service outlooks to determine need for hazard preparations. Should
severe weather be a threat later in the week... staffing and
supplies are checked for adequacy.
The American Red Cross monitors National Weather Service outlooks to
determine a need for hazard preparations. Should severe weather
become a possibility... staffing and supply levels are checked.
Schools... law enforcement and fire departments monitor National
Weather Service outlooks to determine their need for preparations.
Staffing and supplies are again checked for adequacy.
Your job is to monitor National Weather Service outlooks to determine
your need for hazard preparations. Should severe weather be a threat
later in the week... you have checked to make sure you have all the
supplies you would need for an emergency. You review your safety
evacuations plans to make sure you have a safe location to go should
severe weather occur.
Again at the outlook stage for severe weather... it is a time frame to
begin reviewing your plans and to begin paying closer attention to
daily weather forecasts and the severe weather threat in particular.
On Tuesday... we will discuss actions at the weather watch stage.