Severe Weather Awareness Campaign

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
247 PM CST TUE FEB 28 2012
...SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS FOR OUR REGION...  

EACH MARCH STATEWIDE SEVERE WEATHER CAMPAIGNS ARE HELD IN OUR REGION
TO RAISE THE PUBLIC'S AWARENESS OF THE THREAT SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS
CAN HAVE ON OUR LIVES...AND TO EDUCATE AND PREPARE EVERYONE FOR
TORNADOES...LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING THUNDERSTORM WINDS AND FLASH
FLOODING. THESE EVENTS INCREASE IN FREQUENCY AND SOMETIMES
MAGNITUDE IN THE EARLY SPRING. APRIL AND MAY ARE OUR PEAK MONTHS
FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. THE SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS
CAMPAIGNS WILL PROVIDE A FOCUSED EFFORT TO BETTER PREPARE EVERYONE
FOR THE UPCOMING SEVERE WEATHER SEASON. A MAJOR PART OF EACH
STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN IS THE TORNADO DRILL. THE TORNADO DRILL IS A
TIME THAT EVERYONE...INCLUDING PEOPLE AT HOME...BUSINESSES...
HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS SHOULD EXECUTE THEIR TORNADO PLANS OF ACTION TO
ENSURE TIMELY AND PROPER ACTION DURING AN ACTUAL TORNADO.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF EACH STATE'S CAMPAIGN DATES AND TORNADO
DRILL DATE AND TIME. NOTE THAT EACH STATE WILL UTILIZE THE *TOR*
CODE FOR SPECIFIC AREA MESSAGING ENCODE (SAME) AND THE EMERGENCY
ALERT SYSTEM (EAS). THIS WILL ENSURE THE MOST ACCURATE TEST OF THE
COMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE...INCLUDING PROPER NOAA ALL-HAZARDS
WEATHER RADIO RECEPTION.

STATE CAMPAIGN DATES TORNADO DRILL DATE/APPROX. TIME
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KENTUCKY MARCH 1-31 MARCH 6/ 9:07 AM CST

ILLINOIS MARCH 4 -10 MARCH 6/ 10 AM CST TOR

MISSOURI MARCH 12-16 MARCH 13/ 1 PM CST TOR

INDIANA MARCH 18-24 MARCH 21/ 9:15 AM CST
MARCH 21/ 6:35 PM CST

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SEE WWW.WEATHER.GOV/PAH OR CONTACT NWS
PADUCAH WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST...RICK SHANKLIN AT
(270) 559-2724.

 



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