Statewide emergency alert system drills planned for Thursday

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Emergency alert system drills planned Thursday

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security, in cooperation with local, state and national partners, is encouraging Hoosiers to plan for extreme weather as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

A test of the Emergency Alert System will sound sometime between 10 and 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday on commercial radio, television networks and all hazard radios.

These drills provide an opportunity for individuals, families, students, teachers, staff and business people to practice their weather safety action plan, according to a news release.

Historically, Indiana has experienced some of the state’s worst thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding incidents during the spring months. Planning and preparation can help minimize weather-related deaths, injuries and property damage.

Program partners are encouraging Hoosiers to build a preparedness kit, identify shelter and practice their plan during this year’s preparedness week.

Finding suitable shelter is another important aspect of preparing for severe weather, such as a storm or a tornado.

If living in a mobile home or similar structure, it is important to locate a safe shelter in advance.

For those living in homes or apartment buildings, residents should take shelter in the lowest level of the building, away from windows and doors.