INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) - Monday kicked off Severe Weather and Flood Awareness Week in Indiana. The week was created by the National Weather Service to help build a weather ready nation.
It helps educate people about various hazards associated with floods and severe weather. Each day has its own topic, providing useful information and safety tips. Topics range from understanding different types of warnings to the recovery process after a severe weather event.
Dan McCarthy is a senior meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Indianapolis. He said now is the time to start planning ahead as we enter the storm season.
"Just know your surroundings, where you're at, where do you take cover, where do you precautions in order to protect yourself from the storm,” said McCarthy.
He added that the week plays an important role in preparing for the upcoming storm season.
"Spring is the biggest time of the year for severe storms and tornadoes, so this is why we plan this week. We want to make sure everybody has a plan and make sure that they follow that plan when we have severe weather,” said McCarthy.
The week also includes a statewide tornado communication test. It will take place Tuesday morning at 10:15.
More information on Severe Weather Awareness Week and Flood Awareness Week can be found here.