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2016 Tornado Drill & Severe Weather Preparedness Week

SKYWARNtrainingSevere Weather Preparedness Week in NC is March 6 through March 12, 2016. Be prepared for weather events that affect our part of the state during the Spring and Summer months.

Please take a moment to ‘LIKE’ ReadyForsyth on Facebook to receive the most recently updated information from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management. We also encourage you to download the free ReadyNC mobile app. For more detailed information about severe weather from the NWS and Severe Weather Awareness Week, visit the National Weather Service (Raleigh Office) website Severe Weather Preparedness Week 2016.

In addition to making a severe weather safety plan, we strongly encourage everyone to participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill, which will occur on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 9:30 AM.  Every school, business, work place, and family across the state is strongly encouraged to participate in this drill.   It is important that all schools and businesses are aware of the following important points about the tornado drill:

  • The drill will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio and the Emergency Alert System via the Required Monthly Test (RMT).  There will not be an actual Tornado Warning issued.
  • Most NOAA Weather Radio receivers (including the Midland WR-100 that many schools have) do not sound an audible alert for the RMT product; but instead, may have a blinking light on the display to indicate that an RMT was received.  As such, when the RMT for the statewide tornado drill is initiated at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, there is a good chance that your NOAA Weather Radio will not sound an alarm.
  • Since your NOAA Weather Radio may not sound an alarm at the time the RMT is issued, you will want to do one of the following:
    • Manually turn on your NOAA Weather Radio receiver around 9:25 AM Wednesday morning, and simply listen to the audio broadcast to hear when the RMT is issued, which will mark the beginning of the statewide tornado drill; or –
    • Simply self-initiate the tornado drill on your own at 9:30 AM.
  • There will be no follow-up statements issued by the NWS to mark the end of the statewide tornado drill.   It will simply be over when your group, school, business, or organization feels that you have adequately practiced your tornado shelter procedures.
  • If there is actual severe weather occurring on the morning of March 9, 2016, the statewide tornado drill will be postponed.  The alternate date for the drill is Friday, March 11, 2016 at 9:30 AM EST.
  • This drill and RMT will take the place of the usual weekly NOAA Weather Radio Alert test (RWT).  That is, there will not be a weekly radio test done between 11 AM and Noon on that day.

Please share this information and encourage all of your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and especially all schools, to take the opportunity next Wednesday to participate in the drill, and to take a few moments to learn more about severe weather preparedness.

 

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