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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conducts statewide tornado drill

This is part of Severe Weather Awareness Week
Posted at 8:03 AM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 08:03:59-05

This morning at 10 am, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will run a statewide tornado drill.

The alert will run like routine warnings you usually hear during alarm tests, but a tornado warning will follow this one.

The alert is the same as the one done routinely every Wednesday, but this one will be followed by a TEST tornado warning message.

There will be no live alerts and no banners or scrolls on electronic devices.

The drill will go as follows:


  • February 3: The Day of the DrillAfter 8:00 a.m. ESTConsider a Tornado Watch to be in effect• Announce watch to staff and/or students• Designate authority (coordinator)• Evacuate tornado vulnerable areas.
  • 10:00 a.m. ESTTornado Warning• Receive test message• Coordinator determines threat• Upon determination of immediate threat, give “take shelter” or “duck and cover” command (depending on space available at location).
  • 10:30 a.m. ESTTermination of Watch and Warning• Give instructions to return to normal activities (You will not receive a notification. Terminate the drill as you see fit.)
  • After the DrillWrap-up• Following the drill, assess and revise the plan as needed.
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