Severe Weather Awareness Week in Nebraska (March 19-23, 2012)

The State of Nebraska and the National Weather Service has designated week of March 19-23, 2011 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Nebraska. This week is designed to raise awareness and prepare for the next severe weathe event. As long as no severe weather is expected or occurring, the statewide tornado drill will be conducted by the National Weather Service on the following date:

Wednesday, March 21th
Between 10 & 11 a.m. CDT

Here is the timeline:

1000 AM CDT....Drill begins.
1010 AM CDT...Weather Forecast Office in Sioux Falls issues a TEST Tornado Warning.

1030 AM CDT...WFO Sioux Falls issues an SVS to expire the Tornado Warning.

1100 AM CDT...Drill sequence ends.



This tornado drill presents an excellent opportunity for everyone at work, school, or home to practice their safety measure, and we hope all will participate.

Severe Weather Awareness Week provides the National Weather Service with the opportunity to test communications systems that get life saving safety information out to the public.

We hope that you will find the above information useful and realize the importance of listening to NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio or a local radio or television station when severe weather strikes. Remember to become familiar with the National Weather Service website ( as it is a valuable resource. Emergency sirens will also be activated during the "drill", but also remember that the sirens are designed to warn those that are outdoors, not those of us that may be indoors.  If you have any questions about severe weather and the safety measures you can take to protect you and your family, please feel free to contact us at (605) 330-4247.

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