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Statewide tornado drill set for Tuesday during Severe Weather Awareness Week
Please note the National Weather Service, the State Emergency Management Agency and the Joplin/Jasper County Emergency Management Agency are promoting weather safety during the 2012 Severe Weather Awareness Week from March 12-16. The highlight of the awareness week is the annual statewide tornado drill which will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, March 13. Should weather become a factor, the drill may be postponed until Thursday, March 15. The NWS will kick off the drill with a Tornado Warning which is plainly marked as a test. This test will cause NOAA Weather Radios to activate.

Joplin will sound its sirens and media stations will forward the drill as if this were a real emergency. Next, it will be up to every business and family to participate in the drill by putting their plans into action. Preparing today may make the difference in surviving the storms to come this spring. For severe weather tips, including information on NOAA Weather Radio, please visit March 12-16 is also national Flood Awareness Week and you may find safety information for floods in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas at For further information on the tornado drill, contact Keith Stammer at 417-624-0820, ext. 260.