Is part of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Texas

Area residents should be aware that The National Weather Service in Corpus Christi will be conducting a tornado drill on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. for all of South Texas as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Texas.

Severe Weather Awareness Week in Texas runs through March 1.

The purpose of the drill is to test communication links and public warning systems. The drill is also designed to give schools the opportunity to determine what action to take if a real tornado threat existed, and the drill will be held only if there is not threat of severe weather.

Should weather conditions not permit the drill to be held, it will occur on the following day, or later if necessary, to avoid confusion.

The day of the drill a "Routine Weekly Test" will be issued at 10 am to simulate the tornado warning. During the test, the NOAA All Hazards Radio and associated text product will clearly state "This is a Test."

This is a great opportunity for all schools to test and check their NOAA All Hazards Radio.

"This is also a very good time to check preparedness plans," says John J. Metz, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi. "Schools may want to consider conducting tornado drills on this morning."

He said that having a means of receiving a warning and then knowing what to do may one day save your life, so plan ahead.