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Disaster planners urge preparedness; tornado drill on Wednesday
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Disaster planners urge preparedness; tornado drill on Wednesday

Sarasota, FL -- A statewide tornado drill will take place at 10:10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9. It's part of Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week.

On the morning of the drill, all participants should consider themselves under a Tornado Watch. You should monitor the weather and be prepared to go to a safe place in the event of a tornado warning. At 10:10 a.m., the National Weather Service forecast offices serving Florida will transmit a practice tornado warning which will be broadcast as a "Routine Weekly Test" through NOAA Weather Radio.

Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane says it's a good time for residents to think about how to protect themselves and their homes from harm when any kind of severe weather threatens.

Beach residents have some specific marine hazards to be aware of: dangerous rip currents, lightning and waterspouts are all possible along the coast.

For more information on this drill visit, floridadisaster.org

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