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Severe Weather Preparedness Week Includes Statewide Tornado Drill on Tuesday, March 2

February 18, 2021


The National Weather Service holds Severe Weather Preparedness Week every year to encourage citizens to be prepared for severe weather emergencies year-round. St. Peters encourages residents to participate in Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 1-5, 2021, to learn more about severe weather safety including how to prepare for tornadoes, lightning, floods, and more.


There will be a statewide tornado drill on Tuesday, March 2, at 10 a.m., weather permitting. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this test – whether at home, school, or work, it’s important to practice seeking secure, safe shelter from severe weather. Residents are also encouraged to review their severe weather safety plans during Severe Weather Preparedness Week and talk about what path they would take during severe weather.


The City of St. Peters will move its normal monthly test of the outdoor warning system in March to coincide with the statewide tornado drill. The City’s Office of Emergency Management will test outdoor sirens on Tuesday, March 2, at 10 a.m. (This test would normally take place at 9 a.m. on the first Monday of the month). If the tornado drill is canceled due to weather, the backup date will be Thursday, March 4, also at 10 a.m.


Severe Weather Preparedness Week will focus on the following topics:


  • Monday - Receiving weather information
  • Tuesday - Tornado safety
  • Wednesday - Lightning safety
  • Thursday - Hail/wind safety
  • Friday - Flood safety 


Useful resources concerning weather emergencies include Missouri Storm Aware and the Missouri State Emergency Management.