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By VINCE LUECKE
PERRY COUNTY – The National Weather Service, in conjunction with the Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Education, local broadcast media, Red Cross and amateur radio operators, will conduct a statewide test of local communications systems Wednesday.
County commissioners voted Monday to designate Sunday through March 30 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week and to participate in the drill.
A test of the Emergency Alert System will be conducted between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and again between 6:30 and 7 p.m. The alerts will be broadcast across radio and television stations as well as weather radios.
Outdoor warning sirens in the county will be tested only during the daytime drill. If severe weather is a possibility on the day of the test, a makeup drill be held the following day.
Emergency-preparedness officials encourage families and businesses to discuss and rehearse their plans for dealing with severe weather, including registering for the Code Red weather-alert system.
It offers automatic notifications to landline and cell phones.
Residents who have not done so can register for Code Red alerts at thePerry County Chamber of Commerce Web site at www. perrycountychamber.com or the county’s Web site at www.perry county.in.gov.
Each of the sites has a Code Red enrollment link.
Anyone without an Internet connection can register by calling the Perry County EMA office at 547-4426 and providing contact information.