City to participate in Statewide Tornado Drill Tuesday, March 5
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 2013 Severe Weather Awareness Week from March 4-8, 2013.
The highlight of the awareness week is the annual statewide tornado drill which will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, March 5. Should weather become a factor, the drill may be postponed until Thursday, March 7. 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.
Note: Joplin will NOT test sirens on Monday, March 4, which is the regularly scheduled test date, rather deferring to the Tuesday, March 5 test. Additionally, this test will last a full 3 minutes, simulating an actual activation.
For severe weather tips, including information on NOAA Weather Radio, please visit http://www.crh.noaa.gov/sgf/?n=severeweatherawareness. For information on Joplin’s siren activation policy, please visit http://www.joplinmo.org/index.aspx?nid=589.
For further information on the tornado drill, contact Keith Stammer at 417-624-0820, ext. 260.