INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Many people heeded the warning. But, for some figuring out where to take shelter was more difficult than they thought.
It hit at a very bad time and warnings were out for highly populated areas. A lot of us have preparedness plans but, what happens if people hear sirens and have no idea where to go?
Cecilia Eveen from Norway moved to Indiana. She and her husband Tor aren’t used to this weather. Tor was at home and headed to the basement.
“Yea. We had planned to go out, but given the weather we stayed inside,” said Tor.
Cecilia on the other hand was with a guest downtown Indianapolis.
“And we were on our way home and suddenly I got this siren on my phone and we just “what are we doing now?” said Cecilia.
Tornado warnings were issued in the metro around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon. That’s just about the time people start to head home or run errands.
“In order to create a resilient community we have to be planning at all times,” said Tom Sivak, Hamilton County Emergency Management Executive Director.
Hamilton County didn’t escape the threat. Carmel Clay Library had a plan.
“As soon as the sirens went off we made the announcement for everyone to go to the back stairwells,” said Beth Jenneman, Carmel Clay Library Communications Director.
There, they have a first aid kit, lantern, radio and even children’s books.
But, at the time of Tuesday’s storms, many were caught out and about.
Sivak says people should have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd plan for different circumstances.
“Or what if it’s the doors locked or something like that. What is the their next option? You always have to have to have plans. What am I going to do if,” said Sivak.
But, for at least one man, he says his wife tried to take shelter at the Fishers Library and the doors were locked.
We spoke to the Library’s communication’s director and she says that’s common procedure.
Cheryl Jurgins says they wait until everyone inside including their last staff member is safely stowed than lock the doors for safety.
She said some staff members even ran to the front to check if people were trying to get in a few times.
This is why Sivak says it’s so important to be aware of surroundings and prepared before disaster strikes. Because going out without a plan, could lead to locked doors.
We spoke to some people who live downtown who had no idea what to do.
Sivak says call your apartment building and see if they have suggestions for what to do during a storm.
Also,he says to take advantage of credible websites.