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Posted on: November 22, 2016

Severe Weather Notifications and Preparedness

Emergency Alert

As the threat of severe weather increases during the summer months, it is now a good time to discuss ways in which residents, business and visitors can access up-to-date information about weather warnings in Plainfield. Below are a few ways for you to receive up to date information.

Hendricks Alert

The Hendricks County Communications Center (HCCC) sends messages to the public about severe weather as well as other matters of public safety. Individuals and businesses can sign up for these automatic alerts by clicking HERE. The Hendricks Alert Mass Notification System will contact you with information about severe weather and other public safety and public works matters such as a water main break. You can add several methods of contact information when you sign up.

Weather Radios and Smart Phone Apps

Another  means of severe weather information is through the use of a NOAA weather radio. This radio may be used to warn you of severe weather, day or night, when you are inside your home. You will want to purchase one with the Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) feature, which means the receiver is capable of turning itself on from a silent mode when the signal for your area is sent out. These radios can be programmed for specific areas so you do not receive alerts from areas far away. Read a list of Indiana County SAME Codes by County. These radios may be purchased at local stores such as Meijer, Walmart, Target, and Ace Hardware. These radios can also be purchased online.

Additionally you can download a NOAA app for your smart phone apps. These apps can send up to date information to your phone. Most can be programmable to your location.

Severe Weather Sirens

Plainfield has 16 severe weather sirens strategically placed around the Town and Guilford Township. These sirens are only intended to warn people who are outdoors and not intended to act as a warning for residents inside their homes. HCCC activates the sirens when a tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service. Note: These are only sounded at activation; there is no “all-clear” sound.

Sirens were first installed by Civil Defense as air raid sirens to warn the public of a possible attack during the cold war. Civil Defense eventually transitioned to Emergency Management when sirens were then used for tornado warnings. As communities have expanded, so have the sirens.

HCCC  tests all sirens on Fridays at 11:00 a.m. The sirens are automatically sounded and a report is sent to several individuals. The report is reviewed for any issues. If maintenance is required, the municipality will contact their service provider to fix the sirens.

The system continuously checks the sirens to ensure they are in working order. For example, if the power goes out at a siren site, a message is sent to the system administrators. The system checks for communications, battery status, and many other settings.

With that being said, get connected and informed to protect yourself and your family when severe weather moves through our area. The National Weather Service says there are three important things to remember:

  1. GET IN - If you are outside, get inside.  If      you're already inside, get as far into the middle of the building as      possible.
  2. GET DOWN - Get underground if possible.  If you      cannot, go to the lowest floor possible.
  3. COVER UP - Flying and falling debris are a storm's      number one killer.  Use pillows, blankets, coats, helmets, etc to      cover up and protect your head and body from flying debris.

For more information on their safety tips visit: https://www.weather.gov/ama/severesafetytips



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