Orleans will participate in a state-wide Tornado drill

ORLEANS – Orleans Town officials and emergency personnel are reminding residents the town will participate in the upcoming “Indiana Severe Weather Preparedness Week,” March 14-20 including a special state-wide tornado drill and test of the town’s emergency sirens planned for Wednesday, March 16.

The test is scheduled that morning between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. In the event of severe or inclement weather, the test will be rescheduled.

Severe weather information is relayed from the National Weather Service directly to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, which then activates the town’s tornado warning system. The sirens alert residents a tornado or severe weather is possible in the 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. Residents are urged to prepare to move quickly to a designated “safe area,” should conditions develop and the emergency sirens are 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.