Emergency Warning Systems

Outdoor Warning Systems
NOAA Weather Radio
The fastest, most accurate and reliable means of receiving severe weather information is through a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio with a “tone alert” feature and battery backup. Weather radios may be purchased at local electronics stores.
NOAA Weather Radio is operated directly from the National Weather Service office in Indianapolis, Indiana which provides coverage for Hancock County . The weather radio “tone alert” is activated when weather watches and warnings are issued. Newer models are capable of warning you only if severe weather is expected to reach Hancock County . This feature is called Specific Area Message Encoding (S.A.M.E.). Ask your local electronics retailer for help programming your weather radio before you leave the store.
Throughout Hancock County, severe weather sirens are located to warn our citizens of impending severe weather.
Outdoor warning sirens should NOT be relied upon as the primary means of severe weather notification.  Weather radios are the preferred method.


NOAA Weather Radios remain the primary means of severe weather notification.
Severe Weather

Severe Weather:

Severe weather can happen any time in Indiana. Prepare in advance.

  • Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit.  Suggested items:
  • Non-perishable food and water for three days, including a gallon of water per person, per day.
  • Battery operated all hazards radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra clothing, sturdy shoes, blankets, and personal hygiene items
  • List of emergency phone numbers
  • Important documents (copies of photo ID, social security card, insurance and banking information)
  • Cash, especially small bills. Power outages can limit use of ATMs and credit cards.
  • Special items (baby formula, insulin, life sustaining medication)
  • Create a Family Emergency Plan that includes how to contact one another if you are not together when disaster strikes, and how and where to reassemble.
  • Get basic emergency training - First Aid, CPR
  • Teach your family how and when to call 911.
  • Always be aware and alert to changing weather conditions.