The National Weather Service issued a Missouri Statewide Tornado Drill Thursday afternoon. The drill was scheduled as part of Missouriâ??s 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week.
The outdoor warning sirens indicate a tornado has been spotted, and you should seek shelter immediately.
The safest location during a twister is inside a basement or an interior room in the lowest level of a building. The sirens are located near parks and other outdoor locations where people have no access to television or radio.
â??They're designed for people who are outside because usually people that are inside have radios, TVâ??s or some way they will hear the information and they'll have that noise anyway, so they may not hear that siren going off that's 10, 15, or 20 blocks away. Theyâ??ve got an outdoor warning system for the kids in the park, the people out walking,â?? said Kirksville Fire Chief Tom Collins.
Weâ??re told all of Kirksvilleâ??s sirens sounded like they were supposed to during Thursday's test.
To begin preparations early, families are encouraged to put together an emergency kit and make a communication plan.
If you're out traveling during harsh weather conditions, Collins says to pay attention to the sky for low-lying clouds. Missouriâ??s website includes detailed videos showing how to react to flash flooding and tornadoes. The site also includes links to free severe weather texting services for Missourians to remain updated with the latest weather-related information.