PLEASANT HILL, Mo. – Join the National Weather Service, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and Kansas Division of Emergency Management during Severe Weather Awareness Week March 5-11, 2017 to promote severe weather safety.

State emergency management and the National Weather Service (NWS) will conduct an Annual Severe Weather Tornado Drill at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017. Every school, citizen, and business is encouraged to participate in the drill.

The National Weather Service for Kansas City/Pleasant Hill will issue a test tornado warning as part of the drill. Local warning sirens, NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio, and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be activated to signal the start of the drill. Residents should treat the drill as if it were an actual tornado warning. 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. Local officials may sound warning sirens to initiate the drill.