WHO:   Now that tornado season is at hand, St. Charles area residents are invited to do two things to prepare themselves and their families:  first, spend a few minutes watching brief videos showing how to safely take shelter from tornados in a school, house or mobile home.  Second, join a statewide tornado drill at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13.  The new videos, which were released by Missouri's Emergency Management Agency, are available for viewing at http://www.mo.gov/.

WHAT:   The annual drill is part of Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is March 12-16.  Missourians are invited to visit the National Weather Service's Severe Weather Awareness website, www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=severeweek for detailed instructions that can help people prepare for and cope with severe weather, including flash floods.

WHERE &     Statewide Tornado Drill - presented by Missouri's Emergency Management Agency

WHEN:         Tuesday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m.

ALSO:   On Tuesday (March 13), when the annual Missouri Statewide Tornado Drill begins at 1:30 p.m., sirens will sound throughout the state, and messages regarding the drill will be broadcast.  At that time, Missourians should practice taking shelter in the safest location available, such as an interior room without windows and in the lowest level of a building. 

Other safe locations include hallways, beneath staircases, and in designated tornado-safe rooms.  Dangerous locations that should be avoided include large open rooms such as cafeterias and gymnasiums, highway overpasses, and mobile homes.

NOTE:  If there is a threat of severe weather in any part of Missouri on March 13, the drill will be postponed until 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15.