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Sirens Will Sound this Afternoon as Part of the Statewide Tornado Drill

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This afternoon, tornado sirens will sound across the state of Missouri, and NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio and the Emergency Alert System will be activated.  It’s all part of the Statewide Severe Weather Tornado Drill set for 1:30 this afternoon.

Dale Moore, spokesman for the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management, encourages everyone to take part—whether you’re at home or at work—by thinking about what you would do in the event of an actual tornado…

"What we suggest folks do is, obviously, if you've got a basement area or something like that that's the, typically what we think of as the best place to go, but if you're in a house and you don't have, you know, a basement, then we suggest that you get to the lowest possible level of house.  We encourage people to go into the smallest room in that area, so, typically, that's gonna be like your bathroom or maybe your laundry room," he said.

Moore says the purpose of the drill is to test everyone’s readiness for life-threatening severe weather events such as tornadoes, flash floods and damaging winds.

Find more information about preparing for severe weather at