South Dakota Severe Weather Preparedness Week is April 21-25

Tornado Warning Drill for South Dakota scheduled for Wednesday, April 23

The National Weather Service and South Dakota emergency management officials are sponsoring Severe Weather Preparedness Week April 21-25, 2014.

The event will include a statewide tornado drill conducted between 9:00 and 9:30 am MDT (10:00 and 10:30 am CDT) on Wednesday, April 23. Because the exercise is used to ensure communications and warning systems are functioning properly before storm season, people will see and hear the actual alerts used for tornadoes. Communities may sound local warning sirens, although the sirens may not be heard inside homes and buildings, especially large office buildings, as they are intended to alert people who are outdoors away from radio or TV. Local emergency response agencies may practice their response procedures and schools will conduct safety drills for their students. 

The drill will also include a test of the Emergency Alert System, which will interrupt local media broadcasts. The scroll on television will look like a real warning, while the audio will be identified as a test.

Officials encourage residents to take time during Severe Weather Preparedness Week and become familiar with safety rules so they know how to protect themselves and their families. Visit the Weather Safety and Preparedness section of this web site or the Black Hills Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.  People may also contact their county emergency management office for additional information.

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