Governor Pence has issued a proclamation declaring proclaimed March 16-22, 2014, as Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
2014 is the 40th anniversary of the April 1974 Super Outbreak, still the largest tornado outbreak in the U.S. and the third largest tornado outbreak ever recorded in Indiana was as recent as Nov. 17, 2013 and from Feb. 29 through March 3 of 2012, Southern Indiana was devastated by hail, storms, straight line winds and powerful tornadoes that caused loss of life, resulting in a federal disaster declaration for several counties; and 2011 brought a record 72 tornadoes to Indiana, including 32 on April 19 and 26 and May 25, with both days alone exceeding the annual average of 21 tornadoes for Indiana.
The worst tornadoes often occur at night, such as the 2005 deadly tornado in Evansville; and floods pose significant threats at any time, as was the case with the record Indiana floods in January, June and September 2008. Planning and preparedness help minimize the number of weather-related deaths and injuries.
Rob Duckworth leads the Decatur County Emergency Management Agency and regularly urges the community at large to sign up for NIXLE alerts and also to complete the process by visiting the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s website at in.gov/dhs. NIXLE alerts are sent out to subscribers’ cell phones as text messages, and they notify recipients of road closures, potential hazards and threatening weather conditions. Text “decaturco” to 888777 to receive updates via cell phone text messages.
Weather Sirens will sound on at 10 and 10:30 a.m. today, March 20, and this evening between 7 and 7:30 p.m. and a NIXLE message will be sent during each test.
The EMA’s Facebook page is also instrumental in spreading the word of potentially threatening weather throughout the community.
Severe weather can happen any time of the day or year. It occurs most often from April to July so you should start preparing during late winter months. Please take the time to review the following information about severe weather, thunderstorms, tornados and flooding.