Severe Weather Awareness Week: Nebraska Statewide Tornado Drill
Former NBA player Allen Iverson said it right. “We’re talkin’ about practice.” The Nebraska statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m. and it is time to practice.
It is a good time to go over with your family – and yourself – what you should do and where you should go in the event a Tornado Warning is issued.
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During the drills, the National Weather Service will send a tone alerted warning message over NOAA Weather Radios. If you have a NOAA Weather Radio be sure to check to see if you received the notification. If the test did not sound an alert on your radio, make sure you have clear reception, fresh batteries, and make sure the “weather radio” portion of the radio is turned on.
The test is primarily for the benefit of school participation and the majority of the workforce who are at their place of employment (or at home due to COVID) at that time.
Many emergency management agencies will also be setting off outdoor warning sirens.
While an evening tornado drill will not occur this year, it is a good idea for families to conduct their own. It is a good time to discuss where you should go in the event a Tornado Warning is issued so everyone knows day or night.
This is also a good time to think about where you would go at various locations. The obvious locales are school, home and work. What about the mall? What about at your kid’s soccer practice? What about if you are in a parking lot? What if you are at a baseball game, at a golf course, or on a lake? Check out this website to learn more about where you should go in the event a Tornado Warning is issued.
Things to discuss:
- What county do we live in?
- Where should we shelter during the warning?
- What supplies should we have in the shelter?
- Where is the gas shutoff in the event you need to turn it off?
- Where should we meet after the storm in the event a tornado hits?
Be sure to go over these things with children so you can help alleviate fear.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is very true when it comes to severe weather preparedness. Plus, taking a few minutes to talk about it now can make the situation MUCH less stressful when you need to act.