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March 19, 2014

Severe weather week time to prepare for disaster

In Daviess County you don’t have to look far to see examples of what severe weather can do to a home. The community is still showing the effects of an EF-2 tornado that came through the area last November and damaged more than 100 homes and businesses.

“I was just down at Second and Sycamore streets taking pictures and its pretty sad,” said Daviess County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Goss.

Officials are also using this week to remind people that they need to get ready to deal with the aftermath of storms as part of Indiana’s Severe Weather Week. The week serves as a time to get people to think about the safety measures they should take during a weather event like a flood, windstorm or tornado and to be ready to deal with it after one hits.

The event of the week was a severe weather spotters’ class Tuesday night. The class was held jointly by the Knox and Daviess County EMA offices at Technology Building at Vincennes University. It was put on by the National Weather Service.

A second major event during the week is the sounding of the tornado sirens as part of a pair of statewide drills on Thursday. One drill will be between 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and another between 7:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. “The early drill is to help schools and businesses work on emergency plans in the case of severe weather,” said Goss. “The one in the evening is for people at their homes to think about what they would do.”

Flooding has been added to the list of things the state wants residents to consider during severe weather week. “I think that has a lot to do with all of the flooding in the northern part of the state this year,” said Goss. “There have been a lot of problems with ice jams adding to the flooding issues.”

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