Heads  up viewers… All Indiana broadcast stations, including PBS39, will be participating in a statewide tornado drill on Tuesday, March 20 as a part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

The National Weather Service test of the statewide Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be at 10:15 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and will be issued for 15 minutes.

As a broadcaster, keeping you informed of  impending emergencies is an integral part of our mission. This test, while only a practice run which will also include local municipalities and governments activating their tornado sirens, is part of that mission. While the scheduled test is only a drill, we wanted you to know why you will experience an interruption in our normal broadcast operations on our channels while this takes place.

Severe Weather Preparedness Week (March 18-24) and the tornado test drill helps ensure that the statewide Indiana EAS network is operating properly and is ready to respond in the event of a tornado warning in the state.

For more information about what watches, warnings and other severe weather messages mean as issued by the National Weather Service, click here.

For more information from the National Weather Service about Severe Weather Preparedness week in Indiana, click here.

Want to learn how to plan ahead for emergencies and natural disasters? Check out this website from FEMA for tips and lists to help get your family and household ready.