It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week. A different severe weather theme is headlined each day to help citizens prepare for the upcoming storm season.

The 2016 severe weather season has already become quite active across the country, so it is imperative you prepare now. You are encouraged to use this week, and the annual test day, to review your severe weather safety plans. Practice what you would do in a real severe weather emergency.

Daily themes during this week will include:

Monday – Preparedness Day

Tuesday – Tornadoes Day

Wednesday – Flash Flood Day

Thursday – Thunderstorm Day

Friday – NOAA Weather Radio Day

The statewide tornado drill for Kansas and Missouri, including the counties in the Pleasant Hill forecast and warning area, will take place on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. The National Weather Service in 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 upon receipt of this warning, 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 emergency. The purpose of the annual drill is to test everyone’s readiness for life-threatening severe weather events such as tornadoes, flash floods, large hail, and damaging winds.

Press release courtesy Pettis County Sheriffs Department

Press release courtesy Pettis County Sheriffs Department

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