Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed this week as South Carolina Severe Weather Awareness Week 2013.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the National Weather Service, and the South Carolina Broadcasters Association sponsored the week of March 3-9 as a reminder to people that severe storms, tornadoes and flash floods are significant hazards in South Carolina and proper safety precautions need to be planned and taken.
The State Superintendent of Education is encouraging schools statewide to participate in the annual statewide tornado drill. During the drill, the National Weather Service will use a real-event code, TOR, that will activate tone-alert weather radios that are set to receive tornado warnings, and those radios will broadcast the exercise message.
South Carolina 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.
The drill will be conducted Tuesday, March 5, at 9 a.m. with a backup date Thursday, March 7. Public schools, state and local Emergency Management, the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, and others will participate in this event.