Indiana Region of the American Red Cross prepares for Severe Weather Preparedness Week; volunteers needed to respond to local disasters

Last Updated on March 15, 2022 by American Red Cross

INDIANAPOLIS – Although severe weather can happen at any moment, communities can prepare for it. Indiana Severe Weather Preparedness Week started on Monday, and the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross wants to remind residents to be prepared for the upcoming severe weather season by developing a severe weather plan.

“It is important to plan, practice and prepare for severe weather,” said Leslie Montgomery, regional disaster officer for the American Red Cross – Indiana Region. “Preparation keeps everyone safe when severe weather strikes.”

Here are tips to plan and prepare for severe weather:

  • Prepare an emergency kit. Items that should be in the kit can be found here.
  • Develop a communications plan with family and friends
  • Have a way to receive emergency alerts. Download the Red Cross Emergency app
  • Know the difference between a watch and a warning. Details on watches and warnings are here.
  • Make an emergency plan. Learn how to make a plan here.

Volunteers Needed to Respond to Local Disasters

The Red Cross stands ready to respond to disasters that might displace families. Local Red Cross volunteers provide emotional support, emergency financial assistance and recovery help to guide them through their next steps. To learn more about becoming a Disaster Action Team volunteer, visit