State emergency management and the National Weather Service (NWS) will conduct a Statewide Severe Weather Tornado Drill at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 4th. Every school, citizen and business is encouraged to participate in the drill by practicing seeking secure, safe shelter from a "tornado".
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has granted a waiver to the state of Kansas The National Weather Service will be allowed to use the actual Emergency Alert System (EAS) code TOR for the tornado drill message. This means that NOAA Weather Radios that are set to receive the TOR code will activate for the test tornado warning. The commercial broadcast industry including all cable outlets should be prepared to receive a TOR coded message for the drill.
Local officials may sound warning sirens to initiate the drill. Area residents, businesses, and schools are urged to treat the drill as if it were an actual tornado warning. The purpose of the annual drill is to test everyone’s readiness for life-threatening severe weather events such as tornadoes, flash floods, large hail, and damaging winds.
Kansas experiences a variety of severe weather including tornadoes, severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail, and flash flooding. Residents are encouraged to use this week, and the annual test day, to review their severe weather safety plans. Practice what you would do as if there were a real tornado warning.
We will also be focusing on several different severe weather safety topics through the week. The planned topics for each day can be found below.