PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla – Pinellas County Government is inviting schools, organizations and individuals to participate in the statewide Great Tornado Drill today, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m.
Participants are asked to simulate a Tornado Warning, take cover in a safe place and take a selfie to post on social media, using the hashtag #PCTornadoDrill.
Pinellas County will select three winning social media photos from the public.
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The winning schools, organizations or individuals will receive an emergency weather radio. Photos will be judged based on proper “duck and cover” techniques.
A tornado can hit within minutes after a Tornado Warning is issued. The annual Great Tornado Drill is an opportunity to plan ahead, identify safe spaces to take cover in the event of a tornado, and practice emergency communications methods in classrooms, offices and other daytime gatherings. Guidance on how to stay safe during a tornado can be found at pinellas.gov/know-your-risk.
Guidelines for the drill can be found here: https://pinellas.gov/news/great-tornado-drill-set-for-feb-8
The Great Tornado Drill is a part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, which runs Monday to Friday, Feb. 6 – 10, with an emphasis on a specific weather event for each day:
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– Monday, Feb. 6: Lightning
– Tuesday, Feb. 7: Marine hazards and rip currents
– Wednesday, Feb. 8: Thunderstorms and tornadoes
– Thursday, Feb. 9: Hurricanes and flooding
– Friday, Feb. 10: Temperature extremes and wildfires
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