March 11, 2004

Statewide Severe Weather Drill Set For March 16

Recognizing the work Missouri’s county and city emergency management directors perform to keep citizens safe from natural disasters such as the May 2003 tornadoes and severe weather or spring flooding, Governor Bob Holden proclaimed March as Disaster Preparedness Month.

He also noted that the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) will conduct the Statewide Severe Weather Tornado Drill at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 16, 2004. Every school, citizen and business is encouraged to participate in the drill by practicing seeking secure, safe shelter from a “tornado”.

The NWS will send out the severe weather drill using the actual TOR code. The Pleasant Hill Weather and the Springfield Forecasting Offices (WFO) will conduct an Amateur Radio operators exercise at 1:30 p.m. In the St. Louis area, Amateur Radio operators will participate in an exercise at 6:30 p.m.

If Missouri is experiencing statewide severe weather conditions, the National Weather Service will hold the statewide drill on the backup date, Thursday, March 18, 2004.

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