Sunday, April 27, 2014
This is especially dangerous for those who are less "connected" with regards to staying abreast of the changing forecast as well as any watches, and more importantly any warnings that may be issued.
Please communicate with family members, neighbors, friends and co-workers the real threat associated with overnight severe weather events.
Studies have found that North Carolina is ranked 1st with the greatest percentage of killer nocturnal tornadoes. They noted that 81% of all tornado deaths in North Carolina during this period occurred at night while only 28% of all tornadoes in North Carolina during this period actually occurred at night. To put it another way, for every 1,000 nocturnal tornadoes there would be 265 fatalities while for every 1,000 daytime tornadoes, there would be 60 fatalities!
NOAA Weather and All Hazards Radios are readily available at most retail locations who sell electronics (including some larger drug stores) and when properly set, have been proven to save lives by providing advanced notification thus allowing individuals, employees and families to reach pre-designated "safe locations" within their homes and/or work places.
Again, please plan now, ahead of any potentially issued watches and/or warnings. Have a severe weather evacuation plan with designated "safe locations" in place and practice the plan just as you would with a fire drill.
Stay abreast of the latest forecasts, watches and/or issued warnings by means of NOAA Weather and All Hazards Radio, local news media, smart phone apps and or internet sources.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Daily Severe Weather Awareness Topics can be found here: http://www.weather.gov/rah/2014ncswaw
- The drill will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio and the Emergency Alert System via the Required Monthly Test (RMT). There will not be an actual Tornado Warning issued.
- Most NOAA Weather Radio receivers (including the Midland WR-100 that many schools have) do not sound an audible alert for the RMT product; but instead, may have a blinking light on the display to indicate that an RMT was received. As such, when the RMT for the statewide tornado drill is initiated at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, there is a good chance that your NOAA Weather Radio will not sound an alarm.
- Since your NOAA Weather Radio may not sound an alarm at the time the RMT is issued, you will want to do one of the following:
- Simply plan to start your tornado drill own your own at 9:30 AM; or
- You can manually turn on your NOAA Weather Radio receiver and simply listen to the audio broadcast to hear when the RMT is issued, which will mark the beginning of the statewide tornado drill.
- There will be no followup statements issued by the NWS to mark the end of the statewide tornado drill. It will simply be over when your group, school, business, organization, or family feel that you have adequately practiced your tornado shelter procedures.
- If there is actual severe weather occurring on the morning of March 5, 2014, the statewide tornado drill will be postponed. The alternate date for the drill is Friday, March 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM EST.
- This drill and RMT will take the place of the usual weekly NOAA Weather Radio Alert test (RWT). That is, there will not be a weekly radio test done between 11 AM and Noon on that day.