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March 3, 2013
Northwest Missouri State University, along with the National Weather Service, the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and local emergency management offices will participate in the 39th annual statewide tornado drill at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, as part of Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 4-8.
“Severe Weather Awareness Week is a perfect opportunity for schools, families and businesses to revisit what they will do if severe weather hits while at school, home or work,” said State Emergency Management Agency Director Donald L. King. “As we all know, tornadoes are a common threat across Missouri, and advance planning and preparation for what you will do when a warning is issued are essential to reacting quickly and sheltering properly.”
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 statewide drill is expected to last about 15 minutes. The Bearcat Alert text system also will be tested.
Missouri’s Stormaware.mo.gov website includes detailed videos showing how to take shelter in specific types of buildings—houses with and without basements, mobile homes, schools—and important information about tornado sirens and weather alert radios. The site also includes links to free severe weather texting services that can alert people across Missouri to upcoming severe weather.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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