Schools across our state will practice their tornado drills Wednesday as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
The drill is conducted every year in cooperation with the National Weather Service and North Carolina Emergency Management. At 9:30 am, all NOAA Weather Radio stations and some local stations will use the emergency alert system to send the tornado drill message.
The goal is to make sure schools, businesses and families at home are prepared if severe weather strikes.
When a tornado forms, residents should take shelter immediately. You should go to the basement or lowest floor of a building and to an interior room, such as a hallway, pantry or closet.
Students and staff should go to inner hallways away from windows and stay out of gymnasiums, auditoriums and cafeterias where there is a large roof span if a tornado warning is issued during school hours.
So far this year, there has been one tornado warning in Eastern Carolina, ahead of the severe weather season.
There were 85 tornado warnings issued in 2017, with 30 recorded tornadoes.