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Florida emergency managers will use Severe Weather Awareness Week to get ready for the worst

In addition to social media posts, NWS offices will conduct a Tornado Drill on Feb. 9 around 10 a.m. A Tornado Warning message will be aired on all NOAA Alert Radio as part of weekly service testing.

Severe Weather Awareness week begins on Feb. 7 across the Sunshine State. The campaign, which is a collaborative effort among Florida National Weather Service offices and the Florida Division of Emergency Management, aims to educate and prepare the public for severe weather events that could impact their area any time of the year.

Each day this week, Florida's State Emergency Response Team, NWS offices, and other governmental and media outlets will disseminate information, mainly on social media, regarding a particular severe weather topic. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Feb. 7: Lightning
  • Tuesday, Feb. 8: Marine Hazards & Rip Currents
  • Wednesday, Feb. 9: Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
  • Thursday, Feb. 10: Hurricanes and Flooding
  • Friday, Feb. 11: Wildfires and Extreme Heat

In addition to social media posts, NWS offices will conduct a Tornado Drill on Feb. 9 around 10 a.m. At that time, a Tornado Warning message will be aired on all NOAA Alert Radio as part of weekly service testing. In addition, NWS offices and local media may voluntarily participate and issue test communication of the mock warning.

Severe Weather Preparedness week serves as a reminder to the community to prepare for all forms of severe weather to which our state is vulnerable. Residents are encouraged to used these educational tools to understand the threats that could impact their family and to make a plan to keep their household safe should severe weather strike.

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Megan Borowski