Missouri's annual Statewide Tornado Drill postponed until Thursday, March 6
National Weather Service reschedules drill originally set for tomorrow, March 4
The National Weather Service has postponed the Missouri Statewide Tornado Drill
scheduled from tomorrow, March 4, until Thursday, March 6 at 1:30 p.m. The weather
service says the postponement is due to the winter weather and other factors. The change to
Thursday, which was the backup date, is for the entire state of Missouri.
The 40th annual statewide drill is part of Missouri 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week,
which runs from today through Friday, March 7.
On March 6, Missouri outdoor warning sirens will sound, indicating that 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.
website includes detailed videos showing how to react to flash
flooding and tornadoes and 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 weather.
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
· 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, drive away from
the tornado to the closest building. If you
cannot get away, 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 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.
Please contact your local NWS office for interviews about Severe Weather Awareness Week
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