Officials remind Hoosiers to be prepared for severe weather, flooding

HANCOCK COUNTY — This week marks Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. State and local officials are reminding Hoosiers to be ready for any natural disaster that might strike.

The goal of preparedness week is to educate people about the hazards of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Tornado sirens across the state will be tested at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials also are reminding Hoosiers to be aware of the dangers of flooding.

Hancock County residents are encouraged to purchase flood insurance and to keep a flood emergency kit ready should high waters invade a home.

Flood emergency kits should be portable and kept somewhere easy and quickly accessible. Copies of important papers, such as identification cards and insurance papers, should be kept in an air-tight bag along with extra cash and prescription medicines.

Water, non-perishable food, a flashlight with extra batteries and a first-aid kit also should be included in an emergency kit.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or