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Severe weather can happen anytime, are you prepared?

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Severe weather has already struck Indiana, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is telling people to prepare before any future severe weather strikes.

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Track storms on your mobile device using ABC21's new Storm Team Weather app.

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How well can you separate severe weather fact from fiction

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Everyone has heard “dos and don’ts” when it comes to severe weather. Can you separate fact from fiction? Take our interactive quiz to test your knowledge.

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What severe thunderstorm and tornado watches and warnings mean

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Severe weather can happen at any time of the year. To help keep you safe, here are some terms you should know: 

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Prepare now for a flood

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Flooding is a threat all across the United States nearly every day of the year. Do you know what to do before the storm?

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How to build a safe room for your house

In-home safe room under construction; the CMU walls of the safe room are fully grouted and vertically reinforced with steel reinforcing bars from the foundation to the concrete roof deck (New Smyrna Beach, FL, 2007) (Photo//FEMA) In-home safe room under construction; the CMU walls of the safe room are fully grouted and vertically reinforced with steel reinforcing bars from the foundation to the concrete roof deck (New Smyrna Beach, FL, 2007) (Photo//FEMA)
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While your residence may be built to code, it does not mean it can withstand winds from extreme events. FEMA says extreme windstorms in many parts of the country pose a serious threat to buildings and their occupants. That is why the agency suggests building a safe room or wind shelter to provide a place where you and your family can seek refuge that provides a high level of protection.

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10 things to include in a basic severe weather emergency kit

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Before the storm strikes it is important to be prepared. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security encourages people to build a disaster supplies kit. 

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Sign up for WPTA21's improved weather email services

Sign up here to receive daily weather forecasts and/or severe weather emails from the WPTA21 weather team. The severe weather email you receive will contain the alert headlines (i.e. Tornado Watch for Allen County, IN. in effect from June 19 at 7:12 PM CDT until June 19 at 9:00 PM CDT). Below the headline is a link that says, "Click here for more information". Clicking that link will direct the user to the web page where you will find more specific information.

Severe Weather Alert emails are issued by county. Even though a user signs up to receive alerts for a specific city, the user will receive an email for any alert issued for the county that contains the user's city. The service is limited to one location per email address.

Severe weather alert emails are triggered for the following alert types:

  • Flash Flood Warning
  • Tornado Warning
  • Tornado Watch
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning
  • Blizzard Warning
  • Winter Storm Warning
  • Hurricane Warning
  • Hurricane Watch
  • Inland Hurricane Warning
  • Inland Hurricane Watch
  • Tropical Storm Warning
  • Tropical Storm Watch
  • Inland Tropical Storm Warning
  • Inland Tropical Storm Watch
  • Tsunami Warning
  • Dust Storm Warning
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