New Hanover County Schools to Participate in Statewide Tornado Drill March 4 as Part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 1-7

By / Local Events / Monday, 02 March 2015 05:00

As part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 1-7, 2015, New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) will practice its tornado and severe weather plans during a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 4th. “Severe thunderstorms, lightning and tornadoes can strike any time, any place even during school hours,” said NHCS Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley. “The best way to keep our students safe is to practice what to do and where to go should severe weather strike during school.”
In 2014, the National Weather Service issued 81 tornado warnings for North Carolina and recorded 36 tornadoes that killed one and injured 34 people. Combined, the tornadoes caused more than $22 million in damages.
The NWS also issued more than 632 severe thunderstorm warnings, and recorded more than 686 incidents of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and/or large hail. The severe storms killed three people and injured seven others, resulting in nearly $3.5 million in damages.
State and county emergency management officials recommend having a weather radio that broadcasts alerts from the National Weather Service whenever severe weather occurs. Many tornado fatalities have occurred at night when people are asleep and less likely to receive a warning without a weather radio.
Emergency officials recommend the following safety tips:
• Know where the nearest safe room is, such as a basement or interior room and away from windows, and go there immediately if you hear or see a tornado.
• If driving, you should leave your vehicle immediately to seek safety in an adequate structure. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your vehicle, and do not stop under an overpass or a bridge.
• If you are outdoors, and there is no shelter available, take cover in a low-lying flat area. Watch out for flying debris.
• Following a storm, wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves and gloves when walking on or near debris, and be aware of exposed nails and broken glass.
• Be aware of damaged power or gas lines and electrical systems that may cause fires, electrocution or explosions.
• Know the terms: WATCH means a tornado is possible. WARNING means a tornado has been spotted; take shelter immediately.
More information on NHCS’ Inclement Weather Procedures can be found at nhcs.net/closings_delays.nhcs.net/closings_delays.htm. For more information on tornadoes and overall emergency visit www.readync.org/. New Hanover County emergency officials encourage residents to download the free ReadyNC mobile app.


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