2012 Statewide Tornado Drill

Missouri's annual statewide tornado drill will be held Tuesday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m. Participants will practice taking cover in their designated shelter locations. The three short videos below will show you how to protect yourself at school, in a home, and in a mobile home.

SchoolInstructional video on what to do in a school during a tornado HouseInstructional video on what to do in a in a house during a tornado Mobile HomeInstructional video on what to do in a in a mobile home during a tornado

Text versions are also available for the school, house and mobile home videos.

Why Participate?

Severe weather can strike at any time in Missouri, making it important for our communities to be prepared to take shelter in any location. The Statewide Tornado Drill is an excellent opportunity for Missourians to practice their sheltering plans and ensure readiness in the case of a severe weather emergency. The statewide drill allows schools, businesses and families to be assured that they are able to seek appropriate shelter quickly and safely prior to an actual severe weather emergency. By practicing and increasing readiness across the state, Missourians will feel confident and prepared in the event of actual severe weather emergencies.

How to Participate?

On Tuesday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m., NOAA Weather Radios will alert listeners that the tornado drill has begun. Tornado sirens will also sound across Missouri. At this time, participants should practice taking cover in their designated shelter. If there is a threat of severe weather in any part of Missouri on March 13, the drill will be postponed until Thursday, March 15 at 1:30 p.m.

Schools, businesses and families are all encouraged to participate in the statewide tornado drill. Schools can also use the tornado drill as an educational tool for students by incorporating tornado facts and meteorological information and safety tips into their lesson plans.

Missouri’s annual Statewide Tornado Drill is part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, which includes:

  • Preparedness Day, Monday, March 12
  • Tornado Safety Day, Tuesday, March 13
  • Flash Flood Safety Day, Wednesday, March 14
  • Severe Thunderstorm Day, Thursday, March 15
  • NOAA Weather Radio Day, Friday, March 16

The National Weather Service St. Louis Forecast Office has compiled information about all these weather threats and the safety measure to take in response at its Severe Weather Awareness Week site. Visit http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=severeweek.

News Release

March 5, 2012 - Videos on tornado sheltering in schools, houses and mobile homes available in preparation for severe weather season and Missouri Statewide Tornado Drill.