(INDEPENDENCE, Mo.) Tuesday, February 25, 2014 – Missouri will conduct the 40th annual Statewide Tornado Drill at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4. If severe weather is in the forecast on March 4, the drill will be moved to Thursday, March 6.
Outdoor warning sirens and weather alert radios will sound, indicating Missourians should seek shelter during this statewide tornado drill. The safest shelter location is the basement or an interior room in the lowest level of a building. The drill is complete once everyone is accounted for in the designated shelters.
The City of Independence Emergency Preparedness Office, the National Weather Service, and the State Emergency Management Agency urge Missourians to use Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 3-7, as an opportunity to plan and prepare for how they will react and shelter in response to severe weather.
· Tornado Watch means watch the sky. A tornado may form during a thunderstorm.
· Tornado Warning means seek shelter immediately.
· An interior room without windows on the lowest floor is the safest shelter location.
· Do not seek shelter in a cafeteria, gymnasium or other large open room because the roof might collapse.
· Immediately leave a mobile home to seek shelter in a nearby building.
· Overpasses are not safe. The under-the-girder-type construction can cause a dangerous wind tunnel effect.
· If you are driving, stop and take shelter in a nearby building.
· If you are driving in a rural area, seek shelter in a roadside ditch. Protect yourself from flying debris by covering your head with your arms, a coat or a blanket. Be prepared to move quickly in case the ditch fills with water
· Never drive into standing water. Less than six inches of fast-moving water can make a slow-moving car float. Once floating, a vehicle can overturn and sink.