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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Statewide Tornado Drill at 1:45PM Thursday

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Severe Weather Awareness Week continues today where state and local officials will practice their severe weather procedures by issuing planned tornado watches and warnings.  The National Weather Service will issue a statewide tornado warning at 1:45pm this afternoon that will involve the activation of warning sirens in many areas.  Be advised that this is JUST A TEST.  But, it is always good to review what you should do in the event of a tornado.  Here are some quick and easy guidelines that you can follow if you don’t know where to go or what to do.

Before the Tornado...

Tornado watches highlight the area where tornadoes are most likely to develop. Continue with your normal activities, but keep informed of the latest weather information and be ready to get to shelter in case tornadoes develop quickly.

In the Home...

Go to the basement if possible. Get under a table, work bench, or some other sturdy furniture to avoid falling debris. A stairwell is also a good place to hide during a tornado.

If You Cannot Get to a Basement...

Go to a small interior room on the lowest floor. Closets, bathrooms, and interior halls afford the best protection in most cases, or try to hide under a bed. Get under something sturdy or cover yourself with blankets. Stay away from windows.

In an Apartment, School or Office Building...

Move to the inner-most room on the lowest level or to a pre-designated shelter area. Stay away from windows. If in a hallway, crouch down and protect your head from flying debris. Avoid areas with glass and large roof expansions.

In a Mobile Home, Car, Truck or Other Vehicle...

Abandon these as quickly as possible. Seek a sturdy shelter or permanent structure. Remember that many deaths occur when people try to drive away in a vehicle, but get caught in the deadly winds. Avoid bridges since they act as wind tunnels.

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