Severe Weather Preparedness Week begins Monday


A tree fell on a pool in St. Louis County in storm damage Monday, Aug. 10, 2020.

Next week is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Missouri.

From March 6 through 10, the National Weather Service, the State Emergency Management Agency and local emergency management encourage Missourians to observe Severe Weather Preparedness Week. An annual statewide tornado drill is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7 at 10 a.m.

In July 2022, record rainfall and severe storms across the St. Louis area impacted families, homes and businesses that had typically not experienced such flooding before. The disaster serves as a reminder that severe weather can strike anywhere at any time.

“Flooding – particularly flash flooding – is the deadliest severe weather hazard in Missouri and can happen year-round,” State Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Remillard stated in a press release. “Tornadoes and severe storms also pose deadly threats each year, which is why it’s so important to prepare. It’s best to learn about the risks and have an emergency plan in place before severe weather strikes.”

Each day of the week has a different theme:

  • Monday, March 6 – Receive Weather Information Day
  • Tuesday, March 7 – Tornado Safety Day
  • Wednesday, March 8 – Lightning Safety Day
  • Thursday, March 9 – Hail/Wind Safety Day
  • Friday, March 10 – Flood Safety Day

For safety tips and educational information about tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, and lightning from the National Weather Service, visit