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Tornado drill Wednesday, January 6th!

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A TORNADO DRILL WILL BE CONDUCTED IN EAST-CENTRAL FLORIDA AT 10 AM EST WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6.

The Orange County Office of Emergency Management,in cooperation with the National Weather Service Office in Melbourne and other Central Florida Emergency Management Offices, will conduct a tornado drill at 10 am EST Wednesday, January 6.

Schools, businesses and citizens are encouraged to review their tornado safety plans, confirm their ability to receive weather alerts by NOAA Weather Radio, and practice moving quickly to the safest location within their home or business. The best location to shelter is often on the lowest floor of the home or business, in a small interior room far from windows, such as an interior closet or bathroom.

At 10 am Wednesday, January 6, the National Weather Service in Melbourne will issue a practice tornado warning. The warning will be broadcast and alarmed on NOAA Weather Radio as a Routine Weekly Test message. This alert will replace the Routine Weekly Test normally conducted between 11 am and noon each Wednesday. After receiving the warning and moving to your shelter, you may resume normal activities. The Routine Weekly Test normally conducted between 6 and 8 pm each Wednesday will take place as usual on January 6.

At 10 am, Wednesday we're asking you to 1) quickly move to your "safe place" in your home or business, 2) take a "selfie", 3) Post your "selfie" using the hashtag #tornadodrill. You could be eligible to receive a free Weather Radio.

For more information, contact the National Weather Service in Melbourne at 321-255-0212 or your County Emergency Management Office.

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