RELEASE: SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK March 3 - March 09, 2013
Carolina will observe Severe Weather Awareness Week March 3 to March 9, 2013.
Severe Weather Awareness Week is sponsored by the National Weather Service, South Carolina Emergency
Management Division, and the South Carolina Broadcasters Association. This annual event gives South
Carolinians an opportunity to educate themselves or review their knowledge of severe weather hazards
and safety rules.
statewide tornado drill will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 with an alternate date of Thursday,
March 7. The National Weather Service will issue a Test Tornado Warning using the actual EAS
code for this drill. There will be NO Test Watch. The drill will be conducted at 9am.
Schools and all other participants are encouraged to begin their drill by 910am if their weather
radios do not alarm; please make sure your weather radios are in the correct alarm
configuration. Again: A Test Tornado Warning will be issued around 9am using the EAS TOR
code . Media who wish to opt out of the drill should take the necessary measures to prevent
the Tornado Warning from activating their systems.
purpose of this drill is for schools, partners, the general public, and others to test their tornado
safety plans and communication systems. With several deadly tornado events in Georgia and South
Carolina during the past few years, it is imperative for everyone to have tornado safety procedures
in place and to ensure they have a safe location to go to in the event of a tornado occurring.
Weather Service, South Carolina State Emergency Management Division, and the South Carolina
Broadcasters Association hope you will participate in the tornado drill. If it is not practical to
actually exercise your plan at the designated date and time, then please take the time to think
about where your safest location is and review your plan for efficiency.