Statewide Tornado Drill Set for Tuesday

By |2018-03-05T11:46:24-06:00March 5, 2018 6:45 am|Local News, State Headlines|0 Comments

(KDKZ-TV) This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Missouri.

The annual awareness week is important for Missouri residents to take part in, in case severe weather does occur.

Last year, Missourians were reminded of the deadly, unforgiving force of severe weather.  The state suffered its first tornado death in five years; with nine flooding fatalities also.  Missouri experienced its second deadliest year for flooding in almost a decade.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Charley Kelly says they use the Severe Weather Awareness Week to educate.

“This is the week that we take time to educate the public, as much as possible, about safety related to severe weather,” he said.

Kelly says the week should be taken seriously. Having a plan can save a life.

“Having a preparedness plan is important for your safety and well being,” says Kelly.  “Being unprepared can leave a person with the possibility of being hurt, possibly severely or even killed, and we definitely don’t want that to occur,” he said.

On Tuesday, March 6 at 10 a.m., outdoor warning sirens and weather alert radios across the state will sound, signaling the beginning of the statewide tornado drill and indicating that Missourians should practice taking shelter.

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