A statewide tornado drill will be conducted by the National Weather Service between 9:00 and 9:30 am MDT (10:00 and 10:30 am CDT) on Wednesday, April 28.
The exercise is used to ensure communications and warning systems are functioning properly before storm season. Communities may sound warning sirens. The sirens may not be heard inside homes and buildings, especially large office buildings, as they are intended to alert people who are outdoors away from radio or TV.
Local emergency response agencies may practice their response procedures and schools will conduct safety drills for their students. The drill will also include a test of the Emergency Alert System, which will interrupt local media broadcasts. The public should be aware that the scroll on broadcast television and cable TV channels will look like a real warning, while the NOAA Weather Radio and broadcast radio audio will be identified as a test.
Individuals do not need to take any action during the drill, but they are encouraged to make plans to protect themselves and their families when storms develop. Donâ€™t wait until the storm is headed toward you as there may not be time. Information about storm safety is available from county emergency management offices or visit the following web sites:
The Rapid City National Weather Service: CLICK HERE
Black Hills Chapter of the American Red Cross: CLICK HERE