Today's statewide tornado drill has been postponed until 10 o'clock tomorrow morning. All Illinois Weather Service offices will send a "test" tornado warning at that time to local news media and others. Officials plan the test every year on the first Tuesday of March to verify that warning systems such as the Emergency Alert System, law enforcement systems and weather alert radios are working properly.
It also is done so that some communities can conduct an outdoor siren test. John Nell, SKYWARN Weatherspotter Training Facilitator at Lewis & Clark Community College, says sirens have their place, but...
Nell says you should make sure everyone knows where to go if there is a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning, whether it be in your basement, a bathroom with no windows, or under a heavy piece of furniture. Today's scheduled test was postponed due to inclement weather expected in the northern part of the state.