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(KTVI) – Both Missouri and Illinois will participate in this week’s National Severe Weather Awareness Week. State Emergency Managements and local emergency management will take part in raising severe weather awareness through March 7th.

On Thursday, March 6 at 1:30 pm, Missouri will hold a state wide tornado drill with sirens sounding. Illinois will hold it’s tornado drill on Tuesday, March 4th at 10 am.

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Weather Tips:

  • Tornado watch means watch the sky. A tornado may form during a thunderstorm.
  • Tornado warning means seek shelter immediately.
  • An interior room without windows on the lowest floor is the safest shelter location.
  • Do not seek shelter in a cafeteria, gymnasium or other large open room because the roof might collapse.
  • Immediately leave a mobile home to seek shelter in a nearby building.
  • Overpasses are not safe. An overpass’ under-the-girder-type construction can cause a dangerous wind tunnel effect.
  • If you are driving, you should stop and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • If you are driving in a rural area, drive away from the tornado to the closest building. If you cannot get away, seek shelter in a roadside ditch. Protect yourself from flying debris by covering your head with your arms, a coat or a blanket. Be prepared to move quickly in case the ditch fills with water
  • Never drive into standing water. It can take less than six inches of fast moving water to make a slow moving car float. Once floating, a vehicle can overturn and sink.

Helpful websites:
Missouri Department of Transportation Travelers Map
Missouri Ready In 3 program
FEMA’s Animals in Emergencies for Pet Owners DVD:
Missouri StormAware