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Tornado Tests Good Time for Review

Thursday's tests of tornado sirens and the emergency alert system on radio and television are as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week and are a good time to review safety preparations and plans, emergency officials say.

The sirens sounded at 10:15 a.m., and will sound again around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says that people are a little too optimistic about how long it will take for rescue workers to help them, in the event of a disaster. According to the state, just over half of the Hoosiers in a survey last year say that they expect help to arrive within six hours. And about 20 percent of the respondents think they will get aid within an hour. Another 14 percent say that no one will come to help them.

The Department of Homeland Security says that the reality is that people can expect aid to arrive in up to three days in the event of a tornado or earthquake.

Because of that, the agency's Senior Public Information Officer John Erickson says that people should have at least three day's worth of food and water on hand. And people should have a family preparedness kit. That survey showed that half of Indiana households had neither of those.

You can find out more information on the web at www.getprepared.in.gov

Last Updated: Thursday, March 20, 2014 10:41:16 AM

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