Gov. Nikki Haley proclaimed this as South Carolina Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the National Weather Service and the South Carolina Broadcasters Association jointly sponsor the week to remind people that severe storms, tornadoes and flash floods are significant hazards in South Carolina and people need to take proper safety precautions.  SCEMD and the National Weather Service are promoting awareness of procedures that help keep you safe during tornadoes.

The annual statewide tornado drill will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, with a backup date of Thursday, March 6.

South Carolina has received a waiver from the Federal Communications Commission to use the Tornado Warning product on NOAA tone-alert weather radio when the drill is conducted. During the drill, the National Weather Service will use a real-event code, TOR.  The “TOR” code will activate tone-alert weather radios that are set to receive tornado warnings and those radios will broadcast the exercise message.