March 20-26: Severe Weather Awareness Week

Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) will recognize Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 20 – 26, 2022. Residents are reminded to prepare for severe weather before it happens. Hazardous conditions can occur anytime, anywhere without advance notice.

“Severe Weather Awareness Week provides the perfect reminder for everyone to take some time to review their safety plans, update their emergency supply kits and sign up for ALERT Franklin County to receive severe weather alerts,” said Jeffrey J. Young, Director, Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security. “Being prepared and knowing what to do before the storm hits is key to staying safe.”

FCEM&HS encourages residents to be prepared for all types of severe weather by following these important safety procedures:

  • Know the Risk – Learn and understand the different types of weather hazards facing Franklin County.  The top hazards can be found on the agency website at
  • Know the Weather Terms – Know the difference between storm watches and storm warnings. For example, a tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the area. A tornado warning is issued by the NWS when a tornado has been detected by radar or sighted by storm spotters.
  • Receive Notifications – Register for CODE RED emergency communications from the City of New Albany by clicking here or ALERT Franklin County at to receive severe weather alerts and important information. Residents are encouraged to have a NOAA Weather Radio and tune into TV or radio newscasts for up-to-date weather information.
  • Have a Plan/Build a Kit – Develop and practice an emergency plan with your family and include your pets. Know how to communicate and have a designated safe meeting place.  Build an emergency supply kit.  Be sure to include enough food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours.