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Statewide tornado drill slated for March 3

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The National Weather Service holds Severe Weather Preparedness Week every year to inform citizens on how to be prepared for severe weather emergencies like tornadoes, lightning, floods and more year-round. This year, Severe Weather Preparedness Week is from March 2-6.

There will be a statewide tornado drill on Tuesday, March 3, at 10 a.m., weather permitting. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this test – whether at home, school or work – to practice seeking secure, safe shelter in case of severe weather. Residents are also encouraged to review their severe weather safety plans during Severe Weather Preparedness Week and talk about meeting places and routines in case of severe weather.

If the tornado drill is canceled due to weather, the backup date will be Thursday, March 5, also at 10 a.m.

Severe Weather Preparedness Week will focus on the following topics: Monday, receiving weather information; Tuesday, tornado safety; Wednesday, lightning safety; Thursday, hail/wind safety; and Friday, flood safety.

Other resources concerning weather emergencies include Missouri Storm Aware at stormaware.mo.gov and the Missouri State Emergency Management at sema.sps.mo.gov.

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