Sunday begins Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana, a time for Hoosiers to review their plans and preparations for possible tornadoes, floods and other dangerous events.

A test of communications, including Boone County’s tornado warning sirens, will be held at 10:15 a.m. and 7:35 p.m. EDT Tuesday, said county Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Martin. If weather requires a delay, the test will be during the same times on March 23.

The goal of the test is to help Hoosiers prepare for and respond to weather hazards, Martin said.

Participating in the test will be local and state law enforcement and homeland security agencies, the National Weather Service, the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Broadcasters Association, the American Red Cross and amateur radio operators.

In it’s “Weather-Ready Nation” campaign, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cautions people to “get prepared for the wild weather of spring."

Tornadoes are possible any time of the year, although they are more frequent in March, April and May.

On average, Indiana experiences 21 tornadoes every year, the National Weather Service said, although in 2011, 72 twisters were recorded. Boone County was last struck by a tornado on Nov. 17, 2013, when an EF-2 tornado caused an estimated $28.6 million in losses, and destroyed or damaged 10 business and 28 homes in Lebanon.

Devastating flooding has occurred around the year as well. Two of Lebanon’s most destructive floods came in April, with Prairie Creek cresting at a record 15.71 feet on April 19, 2013, and a 13.47 feet crest on April 28, 2011. The second-highest level was 14.82 feet on Feb. 28, 2011. The stream that bisects Lebanon has risen above 11.76 feet eight times since 2011.

More information about severe weather awareness, including how to receive emergency alerts via Twitter, is available at

The Storm Prediction Center at provides a daily update of current and anticipated weather conditions, including watches and warnings.

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