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EMA launches weather awareness week

WEATHER WEEK: EMA Director Keith Walters reads a proclamation declaring March 17-23 Severe Weather Awareness Week before handing it to the commissioners to sign during their meeting on Monday.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com

The Wabash County Commissioners signed a proclamation to make this week Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wabash.

According to Emergency Management Director Keith Walters, March through June present the highest risk of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in Wabash County.

Walters said the awareness week highlights the importance of weather preparedness. The best way he said families can be prepared is to have a working weather radio. He said the EMA office is anticipating a delivery of weather radios “any day now.”

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security encourages Hoosiers to create a disaster preparedness kit that includes food and water for three days, flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, extra clothing, sturdy shoes, rain gear, blankets, personal hygiene items and a list of emergency phone numbers.

As part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, a statewide tornado drill is planned for 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday. This drill will test emergency systems as well as outdoor sirens, which Walters said are designed to warn people outside without access to a weather radio.