COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed March 2-8th as South Carolina Severe Weather Awareness Week for 2014. The National Weather Service, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, and the South Carolina Broadcasters Association will jointly sponsor this awareness week.
The purpose of this awareness week is to remind people of severe storms, flash floods, and tornadoes, which are significant hazards in South Carolina, and people need to take the proper safety precautions.
A highlight of the week will be the annual statewide tornado drill. The State Superintendent of Education is encouraging all schools statewide to participate in this drill.
South Carolina has received a fee waiver from the Federal Communications Commission Department to use the Tornado Warning product on NOAA tone-alert weather radio when the drill is conducted.
The National Service will use a real-event code, called TOR, during the drill. The "TOR" code will activate tone-alert weather radios to radios that are set up the receive tornado warnings and those radios will broadcast the exercise message.
The drill will be conducted Tuesday, March 4 at 9 a.m., and a backup date is scheduled for Thursday, March 6th.
The South Carolina Broadcasters Association, public schools, local and state Emergency Management and others will participate in this annual event. The purpose of the drill is to test safety procedures, communication systems and mitigation processes, etc.
For further information about Severe Weather Awareness Week, contact your county emergency management director, SCEMD or your nearest National Weather Service office.
To view SCEMD's Severe Weather Awareness Week Page, go here: www.tinyurl.com/SCseverewxwk