Sunday, March 3rd through Saturday, March 9th, has been declared the
2013 Severe Weather Awareness Week for North Carolina and
South Carolina. In addition, this week is also NOAA and FEMA’s National
Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The theme is once again, “Be a Force of
During this week, NOAA and FEMA are highlighting the importance of
planning and practicing how and where to take shelter before severe weather strikes. Being prepared
to act quickly can be a matter of life and death.
Being a force of nature goes beyond taking appropriate preparedness
action. It’s about inspiring others to do the same. We’re asking people not only to be
prepared, but also to encourage their social network to act by texting, tweeting, or posting a
Facebook status update. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter - we will be posting
On Tuesday, March
5th at 900 am, for South Carolina, the National Weather Service in
cooperation with local broadcasters will conduct a statewide tornado drill in the form of a Required Monthly Test on all NOAA
weather radio and public alert systems. The statewide tornado drill for North Carolina will be held on Wednesday, March 6th at 930
am. The alarm test will activate the State Emergency Alert System and be carried by
local radio broadcasters. This will allow schools, business, and residents the opportunity to
practice their tornado drills and enact safety plans.
In pursuit of a Weather-Ready Nation, the goal of this week’s
preparedness activities is to raise awareness about severe weather hazards and highlight effective
preparedness actions. This week - be a force of nature! Encourage others to
learn more about severe weather hazards and preparedness!
For additional past events, visit our Significant Events page and