CHARLOTTE, NC — This week is North Carolina’s annual Severe Weather Preparedness Week, which is a joint campaign between the National Weather Service and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management will be promoting the campaign and sharing severe weather preparedness tips throughout the week via social media channels.
Additionally, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management encourages schools, businesses, and residences to take part in the statewide tornado drill scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 at 9:30 a.m. The National Weather Service will send a test alarm through the State Emergency Alert System and local radio broadcasters.
Participation in the drill is easy. On March 6 at 9:30 a.m., practice your severe weather safety plan, and seek shelter for a few minutes as if a tornado was headed your way.
Residents are encouraged to practice their plan when the weather is good so that they will be able to react more quickly when there is an actual emergency.
Emergency officials recommend residents use the following tornado safety tips:
- Know the terms: WATCH means a tornado is possible. WARNING means a tornado has been spotted; take shelter immediately.
- Know where the nearest safe room is, such as a basement or interior room and away from windows, and go there immediately if you hear or see a tornado.
- If driving, you should leave your vehicle immediately to seek safety in an adequate structure. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your vehicle, and do not stop under an overpass or a bridge.
- If you are outdoors, and there is no shelter available, take cover in a low-lying flat area.
- Watch out for flying debris.
- Following a storm, wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves and gloves when walking on or near debris, and be aware of exposed nails or broken glass.
- Be aware of damaged power or gas lines and electrical systems that may cause fires, electrocution or explosions.
Those interested in receiving emergency and community notifications in Mecklenburg County should register for CharMeck Alerts to get location specific alerts. Register at charmeckalerts.org.