When is the Drill Held?
The 2019 statewide tornado drill will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at 10 a.m. In case of severe weather on the day of the drill, it will be moved to Thursday, March 7 at 10 a.m.
Each year, the National Weather Service chooses the date of Missouri’s statewide tornado drill. The drill is generally held during the first two weeks of March. If there is the possibility of severe weather in part of the state on the day of the drill, it will be moved two days to Thursday. The National Weather Service usually sets the date for the drill by January.
Severe weather can strike at any time in Missouri, making it important for all of us to be prepared to find the most secure shelter available no matter where we are. The statewide tornado drill is an excellent opportunity for Missourians to practice their sheltering plans and ensure readiness in case of a severe weather emergency. The statewide drill provides schools, businesses and families with an opportunity to test their planning and readiness to be able to quickly seek appropriate shelter in case of a real severe weather emergency. By practicing and increasing readiness across the state, Missourians will feel confident and prepared in the event of actual severe weather emergencies.
How to Participate
At 10:00 a.m. on the day of the drill, NOAA Weather Radios will alert listeners that the tornado drill has begun. Outdoor warning sirens will also sound across Missouri. At this time, participants should practice taking cover in their designated shelter.
Schools, businesses and families are all encouraged to participate in the statewide tornado drill. Schools are encouraged to use the tornado drill as an educational tool for students by incorporating tornado facts and meteorological information and safety tips into their lesson plans.
Missouri’s annual Statewide Tornado Drill is part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, which includes:
- Monday – Preparedness Day
- Tuesday – Tornado Safety Day, including a tornado drill at 10:00 a.m.
- Wednesday – Flash Flood Safety Day
- Thursday – Severe Thunderstorm Day
- Friday – NOAA Weather Radio Day
The National Weather Service St. Louis Forecast Office has compiled information about all these weather threats and the safety measure to take in response at its Severe Weather Awareness Week site.
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