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Learn How to Prepare for Severe Weather

March 6-12 Is Severe Weather Preparedness Week

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The week of March 6-12 is North Carolina’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week. During the week, the National Weather Service and its partners will focus on topics to ensure you are ready for the upcoming severe weather season. Topics include flash floods, thunderstorm safety and tornado safety.

Tornado Drill Scheduled for March 9

A statewide tornado drill is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, at 9:30 a.m. Businesses, schools and families across the state are encouraged to participate. The drill will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio and the Emergency Alert System through the required monthly test. There won’t be an actual tornado warning issued.

30 Tornadoes per Year

On average, North Carolina sees about 30 tornadoes each year, according to the State Climate Office. The month of May averages the most tornadoes at five, followed by April and September tied for second with four each. March averages three tornadoes per year.

Make a Plan, Prepare a Kit

To prepare for tornadoes and other weather events, come up with a plan. It's also wise to have an emergency kit in the event of a natural disaster. Your kit needs to include essential items, such as medicine, food and water.

To learn more about how to prepare, download the City of Raleigh’s Ready Raleigh Emergency Preparedness Guide at Emergency Preparedness |