Severe Weather Preparedness Week Kicks Off (VIDEO)

By Jake Perrone - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

March 2, 2014 Updated Mar 2, 2014 at 7:39 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – The Allen County office of Homeland Security is supporting National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a nationwide effort designed to increase awareness of the severe weather and to encourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to know their risk, take action, and be an example.

Organizers suggest creating a safety plan for when severe weather strikes, sharing it with family, friends and co-workers, and then practicing the plan in order to save lives.

Different this year, organizers say they’re turning to social media to help spread the message further and faster.

"We'll have two or three messages everyday on several different platforms: Facebook, Twitter, using Nixel, to push that out so folks have an opportunity to not only read it, but then to re-send it, to tell, to be that example and to push that information to their friends and family network. So together as a community we can really be prepared for that severe weather,” said Bernie Beier, Director of Allen County Homeland Security.

Even though snow is still covering the ground, severe weather can come suddenly with the smallest change in temperature.

Beier says Indiana has already experienced its first two tornadoes of the season last week. That’s why he says the time to prepare for severe weather is now.




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