Don’t forget to practice tornado drills on Wednesday

The National Weather Service in San Angelo is encouraging West Central Texas citizens, businesses and schools to schedule a practice tornado drill at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 9.

At that time, the weather service will run its routine weekly message through the Emergency Alert System (EAS). NOAA approved weather radios may or may not be activated depending on the test format of the message.

The NWS offers the following life saving safety rules:

1) Have at least two ways to receive life-saving NWS warnings automatically like NOAA all hazards weather radio and a cell phone app. Some communities and television stations offer timely warnings apps. Be sure to contact the local emergency management office or local television station to see if this service is available in the area. Or can go online and search for a favorite warning alert app.

2) Have a safety plan ahead of time so everyone knows what to do. Please refer to information on the following pages.

NWS San Angelo Local Severe Weather Awareness Page

Two Safety Rules that Could Save Your Life
Safety rule number 1- Be sure you can receive warnings from the National Weather Service
Don’t depend on sirens. Have more than one way to receive your warnings like your cell/smart phone and weather radio.
Sirens are used to warn those who are outdoors, and may not be loud enough to awaken you in the middle of the night. NOAA Weather Radio is like a smoke detector that can warn you anytime, both indoors and outdoors. This radio will produce a loud sound when a tornado warning is issued.
Safety rule number 2- Know what to do
The safest place to survive violent, killer tornadoes is in an approved underground storm shelter or in an approved above ground storm shelter.
The next safest place is on the lowest floor of your home, school or business in an interior room like a closet, hallway, or bathroom. Stay low to the ground and cover yourself with blankets, pillows, and/or mattresses.
If a tornado approaches and you live in a mobile home, abandon it for a more substantial shelter. If nothing is available, lie flat in a nearby ditch covering your head and neck.
Tornadic storms can also produce flash flooding. Watch out when you come to a flooded low water crossing. Always Turn Around, Don`t Drown!
When severe weather threatens West Central Texas, the local National Weather Service closely coordinates with local emergency managers, volunteer fire fighters, law enforcement officials, SKYWARN storm spotters, storm chasers, and the media to help keep you safe. But you can be your best source for protection when you get a warning from the National Weather Service if you are “weather ready.”
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the nearest local emergency manager or call the National Weather Service at 325-944-9445.

Citizens may also use any of the severe weather safety information contained on the following website to help prepare fellow citizens for the impacts associated with severe weather.

Click on the link for more information from the NWS:

nws.noaa.gov/om/severeweather/index.shtml