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Posted on: January 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] 2020 Great Tornado Drill!

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On the morning of the drill, all participants should consider themselves under a Tornado Watch. A Watch means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes.

At 10 a.m., residents who are signed up for emergency alerts through Alert Pinellas will receive a test message. Participants should consider themselves under a Tornado Warning and act as though a Warning has been issued by taking cover immediately. A Tornado Warning means that conditions are conducive to tornado development or that a tornado has been spotted in the area. The drill ends at 10:30 a.m. 

“Tornadoes can occur anytime of the year, and they come without much warning,” said Cathie Perkins, Director of Pinellas County Emergency Management. “The goal of the drill is for people to make a plan if a tornado warning is issued. It is important to know where your safe place would be at home, work, school, or even out in public.”
In October 2019, Tropical Storm Nestor produced an EF-0 tornado with winds of more than 65 mph in Seminole. The storm damaged homes, buildings and power lines.

Pinellas Park residents are encouraged to sign up for Alert Pinellas here to get emergency notifications. The free service will call, text and email subscribers with important notices like Tornado Warnings that threaten their safety.

During any live weather event, 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, residents should take immediate protective action. Being prepared saves lives!
For more information on the Great Tornado Drill go to Great Tornado Drill 2020.

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