NEB STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL GETS EVERYONE READY

Posted 2 years ago

By John Axtell

NWS logoThis is Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week, and the state held its annual tornado drill this morning from 9-to-10:00.

The mock warning went out at 9:35 over radio stations including Double Q Country, B-94.7, and KCOW with NOAA weather radios and local warning sirens activated.

In the Panhandle, the drill is run by the National Weather Service office  in Cheyenne. Warning Coordination Meteorologist John Griffith says the goal of the drill is to maker sure everyone…agencies and individuals…is ready for the tornado and severe thunderstorm season.

Griffith says they try to make sure that everyone will be notified in case of a tornado by involving radio, warning sirens, and the activation systems for police, fire, rescue units, hospitals, cities, and others .

The Weather Service and the state also encouraged schools and businesses to take part in today’s drill to make sure they’re ready as well.

The NWS  continues its series of severe weather spotter training sessions with one tonight at 7:00 in Scottsbluff at the Harms Center at Western Nebraska Community College. The roughly 90-minute presentation is free and open to everyone interested in being a weather spotter.