AUDIO: Joel Janecek talks with Custer County Emergency Manager Mark Rempe about the statewide tornado test drill, as well as severe weather tips.
BROKEN BOW – A statewide test tornado drill will be conducted Thursday morning, March 24 by the National Weather Service as part of Nebraska Severe Storm Week (March 21-25).
At 10:00 am, a test tornado watch will be activated for all counties in Nebraska and Iowa.
At 10:35 am, the National Weather Service in North Platte will issue a Tornado Warning for all of its counties effective for 20 minutes.
Custer County Emergency Manager Mark Rempe explains the purpose of the test tornado drill.
“It allows an actual test of the whole system from the National Weather Service putting out the alerts. It goes all the way from getting the alert to sounding the sirens,” Rempe said. “The word ‘test’ will be used throughout the whole thing so nobody gets confused by it, and it allows emergency services a chance to actually test their entire system, even with some responding happening.”
Rempe explains how the test can help the public be better prepared for a severe weather event.
“It allows the public a chance to hear what’s really going to happen. It gives them an opportunity to practice what to do in the event of a real emergency,” Rempe said. “They can actually go through the motions and see first hand what is going to be needed when an emergency happens and it also gives them a chance to correct anything that went wrong.”
At 10:55 am, the NWS will issue a Severe Weather Statement, cancelling the tornado warning.