Indiana Prepares for Tornado Season with Test on First Day of Spring

March 7, 2018


Tornados are not something most people would like to encounter, but in the Midwest and in the Spring Time, they are most definitely something to be aware of and ready for.

Indiana broadcast stations will participate in a statewide tornado drill on Tuesday, March 20th as a part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

March 20th also happens to be the first day of Spring in 2018.

The National Weather Service test of the statewide Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be at 10:15 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (9:15 CT) and will be issued for 15 minutes.

Severe Weather Preparedness Week (March 18-24) and the tornado test drill help to ensure that the statewide Indiana EAS network is operating properly and is ready to respond in the event of a tornado warning in the state.

“All Hoosiers know how erratic weather can be in Indiana, so we want to make sure our systems are firing on all cylinders in case Mother Nature shows her worst,” said IBA Executive Director Dave Arland.  “We have been participating in this drill for more than three decades, but broadcasters remain committed to doing all we can to keep Hoosiers safe at times when they are often most vulnerable.”

The WKM News viewing area is no stranger to these whirly beasts and many who were alive 44 years ago can most likely recall the 1974 Super Outbreak.

The Hanover/Madison area had an F4 twister formed near Henryville and it traveled through Jefferson County, leveling many structures. Eleven were killed in the storm and an additional 300 were injured. 32 of Hanover College’s 33 buildings were damaged and hundreds of trees went down. 300 homes in Madison were completely destroyed.

In the event of severe or inclement weather, the aforementioned test will be rescheduled and held on Wednesday, March 21st.