Severe Weather Preparedness Week: March 2-6, 2020

Posted: Feb 27, 2020 @ 21:58 • Author(s): W0MQD • tags: weather, training

Courtesy of the NWS Office in Kansas City/Pleasant Hill, MO, this year’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week is next week from March 2-6:

Join the NWS and Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and Kansas Division of Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter during Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-6, 2020, to promote severe weather preparedness!

  • Monday: Receiving Weather Information
  • Tuesday: Tornadoes
  • Wednesday: Lightning
  • Thursday: Wind and Hail
  • Friday: Flooding

Missouri and Kansas Statewide Severe Weather Tornado Drill

On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at 10:00 AM State Emergency Management and the NWS will conduct a Statewide Severe Weather Tornado Drill.

Every school, citizen, and business is encouraged to participate in the drill. NWS Kansas City/Pleasant Hill will issue a test tornado warning as part of the drill. Local warning sirens, NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio, and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be activated to signal the start of the drill. The “TOR” code for EAS and NOAA Weather Radio will be used again this year to simulate what would occur in the event of an actual tornado warning.

Residents should treat the drill as if it were an actual tornado warning.

The purpose of the drill is to test everyone’s readiness for life-threatening severe weather events such as tornadoes, flash floods, and damaging winds. Local officials may sound warning sirens to initiate the drill.

Please visit the official NWS office page for additional resources and information.