Severe Weather Preparedness Week for North Carolina | March 7-13, 2021

Severe Weather Preparedness Week for North Carolina

March 7-13, 2021

History teaches that a lack of awareness and preparation are common threads among all major weather disasters. Knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take can save your life and others. During this preparedness week, we ask that you be a force of nature- Know your risk, take action and be an example by sharing what you have done to prepare with your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, and encouraging them to do the same.

Severe weather and preparedness take many forms. Each day this week on our social media we will share information on different topics pertaining to severe storms and preparedness. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Topics will include:

Monday: Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes

Tuesday: Ways to receive weather alerts and information about the Statewide Tornado Drill

Wednesday: Staying safe when high winds, hail, and tornadoes strike

Thursday: Lightning safety

Friday: Flash flood safety

Saturday: Make a plan and encourage others to do the same

On Wednesday, March 10th at 9:30 AM, the National Weather Service in cooperation with local broadcasters, will conduct a statewide tornado drill. The alarm test, which will come in the form of a Required Monthly Test, will activate the State Emergency Alert System and be carried by local radio broadcasters. Every school, business, and residence is encouraged to participate in this drill.  It’s easy:  at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, take a few moments to practice your severe weather safety plan and seek shelter for a few minutes as if a tornado was headed your way.  Practicing this when the weather is good will allow you to react more quickly when the weather turns bad.

You can learn more about severe weather safety by visiting the North Carolina Department of Public Safety preparedness website at This web page features information and links that will help you plan and prepare for the severe weather season.