The NOAA's National Weather Service
office in Newport has announced that next week, March 5 – 11, will
be Severe Weather Preparedness week in North Carolina. During this
week, information will be presented and discussed on a wide array of
weather emergency situations, and a statewide tornado drill will also
be held across the state.
The initiative is part of NOAA's
National Weather Service "WeatherReady" Nation vision,
which includes a goal of increasing partnerships and redoubling their
efforts in public outreach and education for all kinds of severe
weather. NOAA reports that with warmer weather arriving, now is the
best time to review the dangerous weather conditions that the spring
and summer seasons can bring.
The goal of this week is to help people
in North Carolina learn more about the dangers of thunderstorms,
tornadoes, and flooding, per a National Weather Service press
release. It is also a time for emergency management, public and
private planning officials, and residents to review their own
preparedness plans, and understand what to do during a weather
emergency or disaster.
The tornado drill will be held on
Wednesday March 8 at 9:30 a.m., and anyone and everyone is encouraged
to participate, as consistent practice during periods of quiet
weather allows people to respond quickly in the event of a real life
severe weather emergency.
Information on the drill itself can be
found on the Severe Weather Awareness Week Website at
Beginning Sunday, the National Weather
Service will also begin to send out preparedness information in
various forms. A sneak preview of the text based information is
listed below (Daily Topics), which will be sent out via a Public
Information Statement (PNS).
The public is invited to follow the
Morehead City National Weather Service office on social media for
more graphic based information, via their Facebook and Twitter
accounts at https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/
Daily Topics for Severe Weather
Preparedness week in North Carolina: