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[R67] Stay informed, stay prepared, stay safe
Start Date: 4/25/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/25/2014
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I can remember last November when I was on the phone and working at my computer, to try to help get the message out about the dangerous storms facing much of the state. Many of our local towns were under tornado warnings for much of the day, including Osgood, Napoleon and Sunman. At one point, Indiana Task Force 1, a team of emergency responders from fire departments in and around Marion County, were even deployed - my son being one of them. Fortunately, most residential and commercial areas came out unscathed with only minor damage.

That being said, you just never know what Mother Nature will bring, and our area of the state hasn’t always been so lucky. Indiana is no stranger to tornadoes, as Henryville is still fresh in our minds. May and June are the peak tornado months in Indiana, and I think it is important that we all be prepared.  

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in 2013, the U.S. experienced seven weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each. Over 100 people were killed in these events, five of which were severe weather and tornado events.

When it comes to being prepared for such a disaster, many people do not know where to begin, but doing so does not have to be difficult or even pricey. In fact, three small steps can put you well on your way towards increasing your chances of surviving a weather emergency. 

The first thing every family needs is a disaster supply kit. The best way to look at this is to think, if I were unable to leave the house for 72 hours, what would I need to get by? At the most basic level, that means a three-day supply of food and water, but there are many other things that may not be as obvious. For example, what about cash; a whistle to signal for help; or prescription medications? More information and helpful tips for creating a supply kit can be found by visiting http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit.

It is also very important that each household have a weather radio. These devices run on batteries so that even during a power outage, they will still be able to provide necessary alerts 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A basic radio can be found at retailers, such as Wal-Mart, for around $30. Certain broadcasts are also available online free of charge, however it is important that we do not rely on them because the chances of losing power during such an emergency are likely. 

Last, but certainly not least, it is important to have a family emergency plan in place. This should include how you will get in contact with each other in case of an emergency, where you will go and what you will do. To make this easier, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has a form already made, so that you can just fill in your specific information. To find this form, please visit http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/Family_Emegency_Plan.pdf.    

My intent is not to frighten you, but rather to illustrate that even a little bit of preparation will go a long way. My hope is that those of you reading this today will not only take this message to heart, but also share it with your friends and loved ones, whether they live in Indiana or not. Awareness is the first step towards safeguarding ourselves against Mother Nature because you never know when disaster might strike. As summer approaches, I pray that you stay informed, stay prepared and ultimately, stay safe! 

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Contact Information:
Name: Courtney Scott
Phone: 317-234-9006
Email: Courtney.Scott@iga.in.gov
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