The City of Titusville, Florida / Emergency Management / NewsCentral Florida Tornado Drill - January 6th @ 10 a.m.
Over the last few days, several strong-to-violent tornadoes impacted portions of Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas resulting in nearly two dozen fatalities. El Nino promises to shift these types of outbreaks further south into Florida, with the most active time frame from mid/late January through April. The time to get prepared is now.
A tornado drill for all of Central Florida is scheduled for 10 a.m. on January 6, 2016 (see above poster). At 10 a.m. on January 6, NWS Melbourne will transmit a Tornado Drill on NOAA Weather Radio as a Routine Weekly Test. Schools, businesses and citizens can participate in the drill by confirming receipt of the tornado drill via NOAA Weather Radio (either as Routine Weekly Test audio alert or amber light activation, depending on the radio and their configuration). Once they receive the warning, they should practice moving quickly to the safest location within their home, school, or business.
Tornado drill participants who go to their safe location at 10 a.m. on January 6 and post a selfie with the hashtag #TornadoDrill will be eligible to win a NOAA Weather Radio. Bonus points go to those who have a safety/bicycle/motorcycle helmet with them to prevent head injury during a tornado.
Tornado Safety Tips
During a tornado watch (not warning), sleep with your shoes, helmet, and cell phone nearby.
- The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room.
- A small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the next safest alternative.
- In multi-story buildings, interior stairwells are good choices if no windowless areas are available. Do not use elevators.
- Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds.
Know the Difference
For more information regarding the drill, contact Brevard County Emergency Management at:
- Tornado Watch: Be Prepared! Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
- Tornado Warning: Take Action! A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city) that may be impacted.
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