Being "Weather Aware"

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Mississippi is no stranger to the threat of severe weather. We get it all: tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding, and even the occassional hurricane.

John Baxter of the National Weather Service, says with all that in the mix, it is important to test our warning systems.

Each day during Severe Weather Awareness Week, the National Weather Service will issue simulated warnings, unless the potential for severe weather is real.

"If the weather is bad, we will do no simulations. It will all be done under the guise of good weather," said Baxter, warning coordinating officer for the NWS.

Everyone is asked to participate in the severe weather drill including schools, businesses, and hospitals. You are encouraged to have a drill at home as well.

"When we do a test, the mock warning, it will go out to everyone. The sirens will blow, the radios will go off," said Baxter.

And as we quickly approach the spring severe weather season, it's important to be prepared. Items you need to keep on hand include a flashlight, extra batteries, drinking water, and a NOAA weather radio. And of course, you can always count on WTOK's severe weather coverage.