Published by: Eureka Missouri Chamber of Commerce
Located online at: eurekachamber.us
For Release February, 2003.
Community Safety Tips
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March is Disaster Preparedness Month!
Statewide Severe Weather Drill Set for March 11
Recognizing the work Missouri’s county and city emergency management directors perform to keep citizens safe from natural disasters such as flooding, tornadoes, and severe weather, Governor Bob Holden proclaimed March as Disaster Preparedness Month. He also noted that the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) will conduct the Statewide Severe Weather Tornado Drill at 1:30 pm, Tuesday March 11, 2003. The NWS will send out the severe weather drill using the actual TOR code.
In the western part of Missouri, the Pleasant Hill Weather Forecasting Office will hold an additional evening drill at 7 p.m. March 11. This second drill will give families a chance to practice their tornado safety plan following the evening weather report. In the St. Louis area, Amateur Radio operators will participate in an exercise at 6:30 p.m.
The disaster preparedness campaign is designed to increase public awareness about flooding, severe weather and tornadoes. State agencies, schools and private business take part in the statewide drill to refresh their tornado readiness and practice shelter awareness. If Missouri is experiencing statewide severe weather conditions, the National Weather Service will hold the statewide drill on the backup date, March 13, 2003
Here are some terms every citizen should be aware of:
Tornado WATCH means watch the sky!
Tornado WARNING means seek shelter immediately!
Taking Shelter -- if you are at home, school or work, go immediately to an interior room with NO windows on the lowest possible floor. DO NOT GO to a cafeteria, gymnasium or large interior open space because roofs can collapse. If you are in a mobile home, leave it immediately – seek shelter in a nearby building or in a ditch. If you are driving, take shelter in a nearby building, in a ditch or low lying area away from your car. If you are outside, remember to cover your head with your head with your arms, coat or blanket to protect yourself from flying debris. In Schools, Hospitals, and Public Places, move to designated shelter areas. Interior hallway on the lowest floors are best. In Shopping Centers with no shelter, take cover, away from windows, behind something sturdy if possible. Do not try to escape the shopping center in a vehicle. Never try to outrun a tornado.
For more information, contact your local Emergency Management Agency, Fire or Police department.
In the Eureka area, please contact :
Deputy Chief Randy Gabel
Chief Mike Wiegand