Emergency Management

Posted on: November 22, 2016

We Survived the Great Tornado Drill!

tornado drill city pic

Last week the Great Tornado Drill was held in Pinellas County and many other communities across the State of Florida. Folks in Pinellas County were encouraged to participate and send in their "selfie" sheltering photos to #pctornadodrill for a chance to win a NOAA All Hazards Weather Alert Radio.  The City of Pinellas Park got into the drill and several departments posted photos of the employees taking cover, and well...not only did we all figure out how to stay safe during a tornado, but we were selected as one of the winners in the photo contest!  Thanks to all the participants in Police, Fire, Human Resources, Building Development, Neighborhood Services, and City Hall for taking the time to "do the drill"! 

In real life, residents and visitors should listen to their radios for Watch and Warning messages to determine the threat to their area, and decide which protective actions to take. When in doubt, they should take immediate protective action. Plans may vary depending on the number of adults present, how vulnerable a location is, communications or other factors. Floridians are encouraged to develop and practice their severe weather plans. Being prepared saves lives!

A NOAA Weather Radio is one of the best ways to get alerts. NOAA broadcasts continuous emergency weather information from offices around the country. When a warning is issued, these radios emit a loud tone that will awaken those nearby to take protective cover. This device is available at drug stores, home improvement stores and other large retailers.
For more information on emergency preparedness, go to www.pinellascounty.org/emergency.

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