Missouri Statewide Tornado Drill and Severe Weather Awareness Week are good time to focus on preparedness
Missouri's StormAware website provides tornado sheltering videos, other safety resources to prepare for March 5 tornado drill
The National Weather Service, the State Emergency Management Agency and
Missouri's local emergency management offices urge Missourians to use Missouri Severe
Weather Awareness Week, March 4-8, as an opportunity to plan and prepare for how they
will react and shelter in response to severe weather. Missouri will conduct the 39th annual
Statewide Tornado Drill on Tuesday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m. If severe weather is in the
forecast on March 5, the drill will be moved to Thursday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m.
website includes detailed videos showing how to take shelter in
specific types of buildings—houses with and without basements, mobile homes, schools—and
important information about tornado sirens and weather alert radios. The site also includes links
to free severe weather texting services that can alert people across Missouri to upcoming severe
"Severe Weather Awareness Week is a perfect opportunity for schools, families and businesses
to revisit what they will do if severe weather hits while at school, home or work," said State
Emergency Management Agency Director Donald L. King. "As we all know, tornadoes
are a common threat across Missouri, and advance planning and preparation for what you will
do when a warning is issued are essential to reacting quickly and sheltering properly.”
On March 5, Missouri outdoor warning sirens and weather alert radios will sound, indicating
Missourians should seek shelter during the statewide tornado drill. The safest shelter location is
the basement or an interior room in the lowest level of a building. The drill is complete once
everyone is accounted for in the designated shelters.
The National Weather Service provides safety tips and educational information about each day
of Severe Weather Awareness Week on the St. Louis Forecast Office site:
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=severeweek (Monday, Preparedness Day; Tuesday, Tornado
Safety Day; Wednesday, Flash Flood Safety Day; Thursday, Severe Thunderstorm Day;
Friday, NOAA Weather Radio Day).
· Tornado watch means watch the sky. A tornado may form during a thunderstorm.
· Tornado warning means seek shelter immediately.
· An interior room without windows
on the lowest floor is the safest shelter location.
· Do not seek shelter in a cafeteria,
gymnasium or other large open room because the
roof might collapse.
· Immediately leave a mobile
home to seek shelter in a nearby building.
· Overpasses are not safe. An
overpass' under-the-girder-type construction can cause a
dangerous wind tunnel effect.
· If you are driving, you should stop and take shelter in a nearby building.
· If you are driving in a rural
area, seek shelter in a roadside ditch. Protect yourself from
flying debris by covering your head with your arms, a coat or a blanket. Be prepared to
move quickly in case the ditch fills with water
· Never drive into standing water.
It can take less than six inches of fast moving water to
make a slow moving car float. Once floating, a vehicle can overturn and sink.
· NWS – Springfield, Driver
safety for flash flood and low water crossing information:
Please contact your local NWS office for interviews about Severe Weather Awareness Day or
for additional information:
St. Louis: (636) 441-8467
Kansas City: (816) 540-6021
Springfield: (417) 869-4491
Paducah, Ky.: (270) 744-6440
Memphis, Tenn.: (901) 544-0401
Davenport, Iowa: (563) 388-0672