Feb. 19 – Feb. 25 is Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness Week. The National Weather Service (NWS) will use the week to focus on severe weather preparedness, safety and warnings. Specific weather threats such as tornadoes or lightning, along with NOAA Weather Radio and Skywarn storm spotters, will be highlighted on individual days. A statewide tornado drill is also planned and will be initiated with a special NOAA Weather Radio test around 9:30 a.m. CST on Wed., Feb. 22, 2012.
The NWS and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) are also planning to jointly distribute the 2012 Severe Weather Awareness brochure to schools, businesses and individuals. Additional awareness events planned for the week:
- Sunday, February 19 – Important Role of SKYWARN Spotters.
- Monday, February 20 – Hazards of Flooding and Flash Floods.
- Tuesday, February 21 – Lightning, the Underrated Killer.
- Wednesday, February 22 – Tornado Safety and Preparedness. Tornado Drill Day.
- Thursday, February 23 – Severe Thunderstorms and the Devastating Effects of Severe Storms.
- Friday, February 24 – NOAA Weather Radio and The Emergency Alert System.
As mentioned in a previous post, the NWS will be holding a SKYWARN Spotter Training class on March 22, 6:00 PM at the Lock Two Park club house. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, check the NWS Training Schedule for a list of other training classes in your area.