(ORLEANS) – Orleans officials and emergency personnel are reminding residents that the town is participating in “Indiana Severe Weather Preparedness Week,” March 18-24 including a special statewide test of the town’s emergency siren system planned for Tuesday.
The first drill will be between 10 and 10:30 a.m. and the second drill will be between 7:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
In case of unsettled or severe weather on the 20th, the test will be rescheduled for March 21st.
Severe weather information is related from the National Weather Service directly to the Orange County Sheriff’s office, which then activates the town’s tornado warning system. The siren indicates a tornado or severe weather is possible in the immediate Orleans area.
During stormy weather, residents are urged to remain alert and stay tuned to their local television, radio stations and weather radios for the most up to date weather information and be prepared to move quickly to a designated “safe area,” should conditions develop and the emergency siren is activated. Residents should also be mindful of the fact that emergency sirens are designed mainly for “outdoor” warning use and may not always be heard indoors. Again local television, radio and weather radios are the primary sources of severe weather-related information.