Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Tampa Bay Area, FL

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...TORNADO DRILL ON WEDNESDAY JANUARY 25 AT 1010 AM...

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICES...IN COOPERATION WITH THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN RUSKIN...WILL CONDUCT A TORNADO DRILL
SHORTLY AFTER 10 AM EST WEDNESDAY JANUARY 25 FOR ALL COUNTIES IN WEST
CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. THIS INCLUDES
LEVY...CITRUS...HERNANDO...SUMTER...PASCO...PINELLAS...HILLSBOROUGH..
.POLK...MANATEE...SARASOTA...HARDEE...DESOTO...HIGHLANDS...CHARLOTTE
AND LEE COUNTIES.

SCHOOLS...BUSINESSES AND CITIZENS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REVIEW THEIR
TORNADO SAFETY PLANS...CONFIRM THEIR ABILITY TO RECEIVE WEATHER
ALERTS BY NOAA WEATHER RADIO...AND PRACTICE MOVING QUICKLY TO THE
SAFEST LOCATION WITHIN THEIR HOME OR BUSINESS. THE BEST LOCATION TO
SHELTER IS OFTEN ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE HOME OR BUSINESS...IN A
SMALL INTERIOR ROOM FAR FROM WINDOWS...SUCH AS AN INTERIOR CLOSET OR
BATHROOM.

AT 1010 AM WEDNESDAY JANUARY 25...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
RUSKIN WILL ISSUE A PRACTICE TORNADO WARNING. THE WARNING WILL BE
BROADCAST AND ALARMED ON NOAA WEATHER RADIO AS A ROUTINE WEEKLY TEST
MESSAGE. AFTER RECEIVING THE WARNING AND MOVING TO YOUR
SHELTER...YOU MAY RESUME NORMAL ACTIVITIES.

FOR MORE INFORMATION...VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RUSKIN
WEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/TAMPA.

VISIT ALERT FLORIDA...A STATEWIDE NOTIFICATION INITIATIVE...TO LEARN
HOW TO RECEIVE EMERGENCY ALERTS AND OTHER PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICES
WITHIN
YOUR COMMUNITY. VISIT HTTP://ALERTFLORIDA.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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