The Lee’s Summit Fire Department in conjunction with the State Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill will conduct a statewide tornado drill on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Locally the Lee’s Summit Fire Department will activate the outdoor storm warning sirens, announce the exercise over the Emergency Broadcast Radio System, and send a message to all Nixle.com subscribers. The National Weather Service will also activate the NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio, and the Emergency Alert System (EAS). In the event of inclement weather conditions on the day of the exercise, the make-up date will be at the same time on Thursday, March 9th, if weather permits.
Missouri’s Severe Weather Awareness Week is set for March 6th through March 10th. The goal of the drill and Severe Weather Awareness week is simple- SAVE LIVES. The best way to do this is by being prepared. Everyone should have a basic knowledge of severe weather safety rules and have a severe weather plan in place. Knowing what to do or where to go when severe weather threatens can be the difference between life and death. All schools, private businesses and residents are encouraged to participate in the exercise by practicing their severe weather and shelter procedures. The safest shelter location is in the lowest level of the building is an interior room without windows. Other school or business safe locations are basements, hallways, under staircases and designated tornado safe rooms. Once everyone is accounted for, the drill is over.
For more information on how to prepare for severe weather and weather safety tips go to: http://www.weather.gov/eax/SevereWeatherAware2017; http://stormaware.mo.gov/; http://www.preparemetrokc.org/, or contact the Lee’s Summit Fire Department at (816) 969-1300.