Statewide tornado drill planned for 9 a.m. today

troot@thesunnews.comMarch 4, 2014 

A statewide tornado drill is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday as part of South Carolina’s Severe Weather Awareness Week for 2014.

Local emergency managers and schools along with state officials and forecasters with the National Weather Service will participate in the drill to test their communication systems and safety procedures.

South Carolina has received a waiver from the Federal Communications Commission to use the tornado warning product on NOAA tone-alert weather radio when the drill is conducted. During the drill, the National Weather Service will use a real-event code, TOR. The “TOR” code will activate tone-alert weather radios that are set to receive tornado warnings, and those radios will broadcast the exercise message.

For further information on Severe Weather Awareness Week, contact your county emergency management director, SCEMD or your nearest National Weather Service office. SCEMD’s Severe Weather Awareness Week Page can be found here: www.tinyurl.com/SCseverewxwk

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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