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Statewide Tornado Drill at 9 a.m. Today

The annual statewide tornado drill is set for 9 a.m. today. The drill is conducted in close coordination with the South Carolina Broadcasters Association.

The State Superintendent of Education is encouraging schools statewide to participate. South Carolina has received a waiver from the Federal Communications Commission to use the Tornado Warning product on NOAA tone-alert weather radio when the drill is conducted.

During the drill, the National Weather Service will use a real-event code, TOR. The “TOR” code will activate tone-alert weather radios that are set to receive tornado warnings, and those radios will broadcast the exercise message.

Public schools, state and local Emergency Management, the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, and others will participate in this annual event.

The purpose of the drill is to test communication systems, safety procedures, mitigation processes, etc.

For more information about Severe Weather Preparedness Week, visit:…/2019_SC_Severe_Weather_Preparedne…

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