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March 1st is Tornado Drill Day in Illinois

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During severe weather preparedness week in Illinois, there is a day dedicated to tornado prep. Tuesday, March 1, 2016 is Tornado Drill Day.

The drill was expected at 10 a.m., according to the National Weather Service’s Weather Preparedness Events Calendar.¬†

Illinois ranks fifth in the nation for most tornadoes per square mile, according to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). Having a Tornado Drill Day helps residents practice what they would do in the event of a tornado.

In a preparedness guide from IEMA, most of Illinois’ tornadoes have happened between April 1 and June 30 – but that’s not to say a tornado couldn’t strike at any moment throughout the entire year.

IEMA suggests having a weather alert radio in your home, check the weather before leaving for an extended period of time, and have a place in your home and workplace where you’ll go to seek shelter if a tornado should hit.

More tornado preparedness ideas are available here from IEMA. You can learn more about how to prep for a possible tornado, what to do during the storm, and the recovery afterward.

While not every state has this drill, according to the National Weather Service, Iowa has a Tornado Drill Day on Wednesday, March 23.

Illinois’¬†severe weather preparedness week lasts from February 28 through March 5.