Severe Weather Preparedness week continues throughout the state with the annual tornado drill today.
The first test will be activated this morning between 10:15 and 10:30. The second will take place during the evening between 7:30 and 7:45.
A full drill will be executed during these test times. The tornado sirens will activate for the full 5 minutes as is the standard operating procedure whenever an actual tornado warning is issued.
Monroe County Emergency Management Director Jim Comerford said the week long observance is also an opportunity to practice what one needs to do to protect themselves in the event of other types of severe weather as well.
“Severe thunderstorms and lighting are responsible for causing an average of 93 deaths and 300 injuries per year nationwide. Nearly 140 people are killed each year as a result of floods and flash flooding throughout the United States, not to mention the millions of dollars in damage,” stated Comerford.
WFIU and WTIU will also participate in the drill by airing the warnings as soon as they are issued by the National Weather Service.