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Southeast Texas Severe Weather Awareness Week
March 2 - 8, 2014

SOUTHEAST TEXAS MOCK TORNADO DRILL

As part of the Southeast Texas Severe Weather Awareness Week, a mock tornado drill was conducted on Wednesday, March 5th 2014.


Tornado drills at school rock! The purpose of the drill is to give citizens of Southeast Texas a chance to determine if they can receive a warning, and what to do when a warning is received or a tornado is occurring. Every citizen is urged to participate by considering the protective actions that should be taken during a real tornado warning. A large portion of the population of Southeast Texas are in school during weekdays. When the mock tornado warning for the drill is issued, schools throughout southeast Texas are encouraged to participate by conducting a tornado drill and putting their severe weather emergency preparedness plan into effect. This will give school administrators and safety officers an opportunity to see how effective their preparedness plan actually is. If your school does not have a severe weather preparedness plan, contact your county's director of emergency management or the Houston/Galveston National Weather Service.

Here are the plans for the drill:
  1. At approximately 10:00 am, a mock tornado drill will be issued by the Houston/Galveston NWS. This mock warning will be in effect for all 23 counties and will only be issued through broadcast on the NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio.  We will use the Public Information Statement code (PNS) to issue this mock Tornado Warning. We will not activate the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The mock warning will be in effect for 15 minutes.
  2. At approximately 10:15 am a Public Information Statement will be issued to cancel the mock Tornado Warning. This will signify the end of the drill.

Schools that participate with a tornado drill should activate their emergency procedures when they receive the mock Tornado Warning. Once all of the preparedness actions have been taken and the students have been moved to your prearranged shelter locations, you can consider that the drill is over for your school.

Feedback after the drill is very important. Information about the public's ability to hear the warning is needed in order to evaluate the effectiveness of our tornado warning communication system. Please fill out the evaluation form and relay your comments to your county emergency management or the Houston/Galveston NWS.

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