Illinois’ annual statewide tornado drill

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Despite the cold temperatures and snow, today is Illinois’ annual tornado drill.

Tornado sirens were tested at 10 a.m.

This week, between March 2 – March 8, is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois.

So make sure to be aware, and know your tornado shelter.

According to the NOAA, those shelters are:

  • Home: Basement and under the stairwell or heavy piece of furniture. If no basement, then an interior closet, hall, or bathroom on lowest floor
  • Schools, hospitals and office buildings: Small interior rooms or interior halls on lowest floor, and avoid long corridors with windows and large open areas with free span roofs such as gymnasiums
  • Steel and concrete high rise buildings: Interior halls, bathrooms or closets and stay away from windows
  • Abandon mobile homes and vehicles for a nearby building, and only ditch as a last resort

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