Be Prepared in Case Severe Weather Strikes

The season is changing, and now is the time to prepare for the potential for severe weather.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security recommends maintaining a preparedness kit. If you have one assembled, take this opportunity to check on foods and other items in the kit to see what things might need to be replaced.

Throw out any cans of food that may be swollen, dented or corroded. You may need to add or remove items depending on the needs of your family. To make it easier, spread out the purchase of preparedness items throughout the year to reduce the impact on your budget.

An annual earthquake drill is planned on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m. local time in all communities in Indiana. The idea is for families, businesses and community members to discuss emergency plans and preparedness in the case of an earthquake or any hazards.

Contact local emergency service agencies to see if any volunteer opportunities are available. EMS, fire or law enforcement could use extra help in what can be done to strengthen the entire community to prepare for an emergency.