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Spring Weather Safety Campaign Kickoff
February 28 - March 5, 2016

SOUTHEAST TEXAS TORNADO DRILL

As part of the safety week, a mock tornado drill will be conducted on Wednesday, March 2nd 2016 at 10 am. The purpose of the drill is to give residents of Southeast Texas a chance to exercise what actions they would take in the event of an actual tornado warning, whether it be at school, home or business. 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. A guide for developing a severe weather emergency plan can be found here.

Here are the plans for the March 2nd drill assuming no actual severe weather is expected. If the potential for severe weather exists on March 2nd the NWS would not send out test warnings:
  1. At approximately 10:00 am, a mock or test tornado warning will be issued by the Houston/Galveston NWS. This mock warning will be issued for 23 counties in Southeast Texas and will disseminated through NOAA Weather Radio and over the weather wire. A short message or tweet will be sent by Twitter.  It will be sent to NOAA weather radio as a Required Weekly Test, not an actual tornado warning, so some alert systems will not be triggered leading to potential confusion.
  2. At approximately 10:15 am a Public Information Statement and short tweet will be issued to cancel the mock Tornado Warning. This will signify the end of the drill.
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 email dan.reilly@noaa.gov with any feedback or lessons learned from the drill or if you have any questions about how to develop a severe weather plan for your school, home or business.

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