The National Weather Service, the State Emergency Management Agency and Missouri’s local emergency management offices are urging us to use Severe Weather Awareness Week, next week, to plan and prepare for how we’ll react to tornadoes, flash flooding and other severe weather. Missouri will conduct the 40th annual Statewide Tornado Drill a week from today — March 4th at 1:30 p.m. If severe weather is in the forecast on March 4, the drill will be moved to Thursday, March 6 at 1:30 p.m. Outdoor warning sirens and weather alert radios will sound statewide, indicating that Missourians should seek shelter during the statewide tornado drill. The safest shelter location is the basement or an interior room in the lowest level of a building. The drill is complete once everyone is accounted for in the designated shelters. Missouri’s Stormaware.mo.gov website includes detailed videos showing how to react to severe weather and shelter in specific types of buildings—houses with and without basements, mobile homes, schools—and important information about tornado sirens and weather alert radios. The site also includes links to free severe weather texting services that can alert you to upcoming severe weather.