This is another friendly reminder that Indiana will be conducted the second of two tornado drills today at 7:35pm this evening.
Please take time to go over your safety plan with your family or co-workers. If you don't have a plan please strongly consider establishing one.
The plan should consist of getting to the lowest level of your structure (preferably in the basement)...putting as many walls between yourself and the outside of the structure...away from windows...covering your head with a bicycle or athletic helmet...wearing shoes...covering your head/body with pillows, mattresses...having a first aid kit...having a weather radio...having charged batteries and other essential electronics.
Remember to have multiple ways of getting warnings and DO NOT rely on outdoor warning sirens to notify you of threatening. They're called "outdoor warning sirens" for a reason and can difficult to hear indoors.
It's also important to know the difference between a WATCH (severe weather or tornadoes are possible) versus a WARNING (severe weather or tornadoes are imminent and require action).
Below are the Severe Weather Risk Levels that are issued for Indiana from time-to-time by the Storm Prediction Center. It's a scale of 1 to 5...with 5 being the most likely and dangerous risk of severe weather and/or a tornado outbreak. But please know that tornadoes can and do occur in Level 1 or Marginal Risks of severe weather too.
We will share the risk map when there is a threat of severe storms and relay our confidence or probability with our Risk Level graphic below.
You can download our free SkyTrak13 Weather App here (http://www.wthr.com/station/wthr-mobile-apps) which will notify you of threatening weather on your device.
Though April, May, and June are the most active tornado months in Indiana climatologically speaking. Please take note that tornadoes and/or severe weather can occur anytime of year which is why it's pertinent to have a safety plan in place... and to practice that plan.
Be weather aware friends and thanks for trusting the SkyTrak13 weather team and Live Doppler 13 Radar to keep you safe - Sean Ash