March 1st is Tornado Drill Day in Illinois
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.