Westfield Schools and Firefighters Coordinate Tornado Drill

WESTFIELD, Ind.— On Wednesday, March 21 the Westfield Washington Schools will participate in the statewide tornado drill. Alongside the Schools, the Westfield Fire Department will assist school administrators with the exercise. This partnership will help both first responders and students better prepare for a disaster.

“Our students’ safety is our top priority,” said Tenna Pershing, Marketing and Community Outreach Director for the Westfield Washington Schools. “We have a long standing commitment to our students, their families, and this community. Preparing for emergencies with our first responders is one example of that commitment.”

Indiana is no stranger to disasters. Just this month, a tornado in southern Indiana reminded us of the dangers of severe weather. How well communities prepare and ready themselves for disasters is the key to staying safe. In Westfield, a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) meets regularly to prepare for a disaster. This team is specially trained by the fire department and play an important role in the safety of the community.

“Here in Westfield, we take public safety very seriously,” said Mayor Andy Cook. “We prepare rigorously for emergencies and our community should rest well knowing that our public safety agencies are ready for the call, whenever that may happen.”

Community members interested in joining the CERT team may contact deputy chief Rob Gaylor at rgaylor@westfield.in.gov.

Westfield to Host Governor’s Appointed EMS Commission Meeting

WESTFIELD, Ind.— The Westfield Fire Department, this week, will host Indiana’s EMS Commission meeting.  Formed in 1974 by the general assembly and appointed by Governor Daniels, the EMS Commission is charged with overseeing first aid and emergency medical services (EMS) for the state of Indiana.

The meeting will be held this Friday at the East Street Studio and Event Center in Westfield.  The building is owned by IMMI—a worldwide leader in design, testing, and manufacturing of advanced safety systems for commercial trucks, fire and EMS vehicles, and military vehicles.

What: Indiana’s EMS Commission Meeting

When: Friday, March 16—10 AM to 2 PM.

Where: East Street Studios and Events Center, 18880 East Street, Westfield, IN 46074

When a Storm Hits: Tips to Protect Your Family

WESTFIELD, Ind.— Indiana averages 23 tornados a year.  Do you know how to protect your family when this severe weather hits?  This week, the Westfield Fire Department, with the help of Indiana’s Department of Homeland Security, provides the following tips to help.

When a storm hits

  • Take cover in a building or vehicle
  • Avoid hilltops and open fields
  • Avoid small sheds or small structures in open areas
  • Avoid anything metal—golf carts, motorcycles, bicycles, etc.
  • A severe thunderstorm WARNING means that severe thunderstorm has been sight or indicated on radar.

When a tornado WARNING is issued

  • Seek shelter immediately—you may have only a few minutes or seconds before it reaches you.
  • Take cover in a safe room, basement, or storm cellar.
  • If an underground shelter is unavailable, move to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor.
  • Stay in the center of the room and get under a piece of sturdy furniture like a heavy table or desk.
  • Cover your head and neck with blankets and pillows

Be Prepared for Severe Weather

WESTFIELD, Ind.—This week’s tragedy in southern Indiana is a stark reminder of the dangers of severe storms.  As we mark the beginning of the severe weather season, the Westfield Fire Department urges residents to protect their families by preparing for severe weather.  With the help of Indiana’s Department of Homeland Security, we provide the following tips to prepare for severe weather.

Know the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING

  • A severe thunderstorm WATCH means severe storms are likely to develop.
  • A severe thunderstorm WARNING means that severe thunderstorm has been sight or indicated on radar.

Prepare ahead of time

  • Keep trees trimmed to help them avoid falling onto your home or vehicles.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury.

If a thunderstorm is coming or likely to develop

  • Close window blinds, shades, or curtains—this will prevent glass from shattering into your home.
  • Turn off and unplug all electrical equipment, including computers, telephones, and televisions.
  • Turn off the air conditioner—power surges from lightning can overload the compressor resulting in a costly repair.
  • Avoid showering or bathing.  Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.

This week’s tips will help you and your family prepare for a storm.  Next week, we’ll provide helpful tips on what to do when a storm actually hits.