Week offers opportunity to prepare for bad weather


Huntington’s mayor and the Huntington County Commissioners signed a proclamation on Monday, March 10, declaring the week of March 16 through 22 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Photo provided.

Huntington County Emergency Management will join in the statewide observance of Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 16 to March 22.

As part of the observation, tornado sirens in Huntington County will be tested twice on March 20 - once in the morning and again in the evening.

Lindsie Goss, Huntington County Emergency Management director, recommends that all schools, nursing homes, businesses and government buildings, as well as families, review their emergency action plans during the week and use the siren tests to conduct tornado drills. For assistance in setting up an emergency action plan, call the EMA office at 358-4870.

While the sirens are designed to warn people who are outdoors that severe weather is approaching, Goss says the best source of weather information is an all hazards alert radio. The radios are programmed for specific counties and will provide alerts about impending hazardous weather along with watches and warnings from the National Weather Service. The EMA can assist in programming the radios.

The National Weather Service will conduct a storm spotter training session on Monday, March 17, at 6 p.m. in the Wells County 4-H building, 1240 S. 4-H Road, in Bluffton.

The training session is free.

The Huntington County EMA Skywarn Group is accepting volunteers to keep an eye on threatening skies. For information about volunteering, call the EMA office.

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Huntington's mayor and the Huntington County Commissioners signed a proclamation on Monday, March 10, declaring the week of March 16 through 22 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Signers included Mayor Brooks Fetters (front) and (back, from left) County Commissioner Leon Hurlburt, Huntington County Emergency Management Director Lindsie Goss, Commissioner Larry Buzzard and Commissioner Tom Wall.