STAY INFORMED – SHELTER EARLY – PLAY IT SAFE
Annual PBPN Tornado Drill
Tuesday, March 2nd at 10:00 a.m.
This drill is in conjunction with the statewide drill
March 4th @10am is the backup date if severe weather threatens on the 2nd
- Tribal Dispatch will sound the outdoor warning sirens to initiate the drill.
- Weather radios will alert (many people can’t hear the sirens inside).
- Stay in the shelter until the storm has passed. For the drill, it is 5 minutes after the sirens first sound. (our sirens run for 3 minutes per activation)
- THERE IS NEVER AN “ALL CLEAR” SIREN. ANY SIRENS SOUNDED ARE WARNINGS OF CONTINUED DANGER OR NEW TORNADOS
- National Weather Service and FEMA recommendations are to NOT leave your normal wood frame or brick home to seek other shelter in a storm.
- Cluster and Elder housing all fall into this category. Most injuries occur from flying debris so being caught outside unprotected is life-threatening. The vast majority of tornados are survivable in a regular house if sheltering in an appropriate area such as a basement or an interior bathroom.
- 11% of all tornados are considered “Significant” (EF2 or greater) but being exposed outside or near a window in even a “minor” tornado would be deadly.
Note: Weather Apps and Wireless Emergency Alerts MAY NOT activate during this test.