Thursday, December 18, 2014

Countywide tornado drill today

3/4/2013

Franklin County plans to activate outdoor warning sirens at 1:30 p.m. today as part of the National Weather Service’s statewide severe weather tornado drill, Franklin County Emergency Management officials said in a news release.

Every school, resident and business is encouraged to participate in the drill by practicing seeking a secure, safe shelter in the event of a tornado, the release said.

Franklin County plans to activate outdoor warning sirens at 1:30 p.m. today as part of the National Weather Service’s statewide severe weather tornado drill, Franklin County Emergency Management officials said in a news release.

Every school, resident and business is encouraged to participate in the drill by practicing seeking a secure, safe shelter in the event of a tornado, the release said.

The National Weather Service plans to use the emergency alert system code TOR for the tornado drill message — which will mean National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios that are set to receive the TOR code will activate for the test tornado warning, the release said.

The purpose of the annual drill, National Weather Service officials said, is to test everyone’s readiness for such life-threatening severe weather events as tornadoes, flash floods, large hail and damaging winds. Kansas residents are encouraged to review their severe weather safety plans this week as part of Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week, the release said.

For safety tips from the NOAA/National Weather Service, go to www.weather.gov

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