GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The first full week of March 2017 marks severe weather preparedness week in North Carolina. The National Weather Service and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety are teaming up to bring this severe weather safety campaign to all of North Carolina’s residents.
With warmer weather quickly approaching, now is the time to prepare for the severe weather season, which peaks from March through May in the East. If each North Carolina resident would take a few moments to learn about severe weather safety and implement a safety plan, then we would all be better off when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes inevitably strike our state and the likelihood of injury and fatalities caused by severe weather could be minimized. Severe weather and severe weather preparedness takes many forms, so each day a different preparedness topic is highlighted.
Your First Alert Weather Team will highlight a preparedness topic daily based on the week’s topics below, which include:
A Statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 9:30 AM. The alarm test, which will come in the form of a Required Monthly Test, will activate the State Emergency Alert System and be carried by local radio broadcasters. Every school, business, and residence is encouraged to participate in this drill. It’s really easy: at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, take a few moments to practice your severe weather safety plan, and seek shelter for a few minutes as if a tornado was headed your way. Practicing this when the weather is good will allow you to react more quickly when the weather turns bad.
Pierce Legeion is a meteorologist and digital journalist for WNCT 9 First Alert Weather.