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March 8, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University, along with the National Weather Service, the State Emergency Management Agency and local emergency management offices, will participate in the annual state tornado drill Thursday, March 10 at 1:30 p.m., as part of Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week, which runs from March 7-11.
"The state tornado drill is important because it reminds all of us to plan for weather emergencies that are a common threat across Missouri," said State Emergency Management Agency Director Paul D. Parmenter. "The drill provides a designated time for schools, businesses and others to practice taking shelter when a tornado warning is issued."
According to the National Weather Service, Missouri experienced 65 tornadoes in 2010, including multiple tornadoes on Dec. 31, which were responsible for five deaths and 13 injuries. Four of the five people killed were in mobile homes when the tornadoes struck.
When Northwest students and employees hear broadcast drill messages or outdoor warning sirens, they should practice seeking shelter. The safest shelter location is an interior room without windows in the lowest level of a building. Severe weather procedures are posted prominently in campus offices and throughout each building on the Northwest campus.
The entire drill is expected to last about 15 minutes.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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