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 Public Information Statement  Statement as of 6:59 am EST on March 1, 2015

***severe weather preparedness week in North Carolina is March
1-7, 2015***

***statewide tornado drill scheduled for Wednesday, March 4 at
9:30 am***

This week is North Carolina's annual severe weather preparedness
week. This week 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. If each North Carolina resident
would take a few moments this week 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 this week we will highlight a different preparedness topic.
This week's topics will include:

* monday: severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
* Tuesday: ways to receive severe weather alerts, and information
           about the statewide tornado drill.
* Wednesday: staying safe when high winds, hail, and tornadoes
* Thursday: lightning safety.
* Friday: flash flood safety.
* Saturday: make a plan and encourage others to do the same.

On Wednesday, March 4th at 9:30 am, the National Weather Service in
cooperation with local broadcasters will conduct a statewide tornado
drill. 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.

Finally, take a few moments this week to visit the North Carolina
department of public safety's preparedness website: readync.Org.
On this web Page you will find an abundance of information, and
links to a free cell phone app, that will help you plan and prepare
for the severe weather season. Once again, that's readync.Org.

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