As spring approaches, severe weather becomes more of a serious concern in Indiana, and Hoosiers know to expect the unexpected.
This week provides a perfect opportunity to make sure you are prepared. Indiana will participate in Severe Weather and Flood Safety Preparedness Week, March 16-22.
Communities, businesses, schools and families are encouraged to make sure they have a severe weather plan and test it out.
Meteorologist Jason Puma with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis says sirens across the state will sound twice on Thursday, once between 10:15-10:30 a.m. and once between 7:30-7:45 p.m.
"When we go through those tests, the warning sirens will go off, weather radios will go off," explains Puma, "it's at that time you should make sure you have multiple ways to get that information and then check with your family or co-workers to make sure you have somewhere safe to go."
Officials stress that being prepared doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Having weather radio and a preparedness kit can save lives.