The Joplin tornado reminded Missourians of just how devastating severe weather can be…and that it can happen close to home. There were 80 tornadoes in the state in 2011 (the average for a year is 32) with 158 lives lost. And tornadoes are not the only weather threat.
To help Missourians learn more about and prepare for severe weather, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) have declared the week of March 12-16, 2012 as Severe Weather Awareness Week for Missouri. The goal is simple: SAVE LIVES.
Each day of the week will have a different focus. A Missouri Severe Weather Drill will be held on Tuesday March 13th around 1:30 pm. (In case of a major storm that day, the backup date will be March 15th around 1:30 pm.) In addition to warning sirens, NOAA Weather Radios set to receive the TOR code will activate for the drill due to a waiver granted by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).
Everyone is encouraged to take part in the drill at the appointed time. If the day or time does not work, please conduct a drill at a time that is best for you.
For a schedule of the topics for the week and downloadable valuable information that can be used for severe weather planning, click here.
NOW is the time to prepare for severe weather that may occur this spring and summer.