Severe Weather Awareness Week

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will host a tornado drill on Wednesday, February 23. Runnels County is included in the locations where the tornado exercise will take place.

tornado exercise

The National Weather Service (NWS) encourages all West Central Texas residents, businesses, and schools to practice your tornado drill on Wednesday, February 23 at 10:00 a.m. Morata time/date convenient for you. The NWS in San Angelo will transmit a routine weekly test message via the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on this day/time. Due to the format of the test message, it may or may not activate some NOAA weather radios.

Two rules that save lives

1) Have at least two ways to automatically receive vital NWS warnings, such as the NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio and a cell phone with a weather applet. Some communities and TV channels offer timely warning applets. Contact your local emergency management office or television station to see if these services are available in your area. You can also search online for your favorite warning alert applet.

2) Have a plan for safe shelter before the storm and put it into practice. The information on the links below and on the following pages provide guidance.

NWS San Angelo Severe Weather Awareness Page and Links

You can also use the severe weather safety information contained on the following websites to help prepare everyone for the impacts associated with severe weather throughout the season.

The National Weather Service Office in San Angelo invites your school to participate in the 23rd Annual Tornado Drill for Schools.

Wednesday, February 23 at 10 a.m.

Texas Severe Weather Awareness Week runs from February 20-26.

Severe weather phenomena can occur with only a few minutes advance warning. Do you have more than one way to receive a warning? Around 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 23, the San Angelo National Weather Service encourages all schools to practice their tornado drills.

We will broadcast a special message about the tornado exercise via NOAA All Hazards Radio. Some of your local radio and television stations and emergency management offices may also broadcast this message. A tornado warning test message will be issued to the following counties: Throckmorton, Haskell, Fisher, Jones, Shackelford, Nolan, Taylor, Callahan, Sterling, Coke, Runnels, Coleman, Brown, Irion, Tom Green, Concho, McCulloch, San Saba, Crockett, Schleicher, Menard, Sutton, Kimble, and Mason counties.

For more information, contact Amy Campbell (Lead Meteorologist) at amy.b.campbell@noaa.govorStephen Harrison (Science and Operations Officer) atstephen.harrison@noaa.govor call us at 325-944-9445.

Additional information provided by NOAA press release.

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