Onslow County schools are getting ready for tornado season

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WNCT)- It’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week many are getting ready for “Tornado Season” in North Carolina.

A statewide tornado drill took place and officials encouraged businesses, schools, residents and families to get involved and prepare for the severe weather

Onslow Co. schools participated in the tornado drill and made sure their students knew what to do in case of an emergency.

In the message sent from emergency management officials, they recommend a few things:

▪ Having a weather radio that broadcasts NWS alerts when severe weather threatens. Many North Carolina tornado deaths happen at night when people are asleep and less likely to receive a warning without a weather radio, according to officials.

▪ Knowing where the nearest safe room is, such as a basement or interior room away from windows. Go there immediately if you hear or see a tornado.

▪ If driving, leave your vehicle immediately to seek safety in an adequate structure. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your vehicle, and do not stop under an overpass or a bridge.

▪ If you are outdoors and no shelter is available, taking cover in a low-lying flat area. Watch out for flying debris.

From March through May, that’s when the bulk of tornadoes take place in North Carolina, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center.

The National Weather Service states that North Carolina sees around 26 tornadoes each year, with the majority taking place in the spring.

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