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Statewide Tornado Drill Planned

Daniel Prince

Warning over Emergency Alert System will only be a test

This is Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week in South Carolina. The SC Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service will be conducting a statewide tornado drill Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service will initiate the drill over NOAA weather radios Wednesday at around 9 a.m. The Emergency Alert System will be triggered, and the broadcast will state, “This is a practice TEST tornado warning message from the National Weather Service, as part of the Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week for the state of South Carolina.” It will go on to ask listeners and viewers to think about what they would do wherever they are to protect themselves and their families in the event of a real tornado.

Should there be any actual severe weather in the forecast for Wednesday, they would move the drill to 9 a.m. Friday, March 11, instead. The annual tornado drill is conducted in coordination with the National Weather Service, the SC Emergency Management Division, the SC Broadcasters Association, and the SC Department of Education. For information on the best steps to take before, during, and after a tornado, visit It also has a variety of other emergency preparedness resources.

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