Gov. Rick Perry proclaimed Feb. 20-26 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Texas

Each year Texans are surprised by tornadoes or severe thunderstorms. It is vitally important to have more than one way to receive NWS warnings. You can receive NWS warnings from devices such as your cell phone, smart phone, PC, radio, television or NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards. Some communities, universities and private companies can text or e-mail NWS warnings to your cell phones or telephones. You could search the internet for these private companies and/or you may contact your university and/or local Emergency Management Office to see if they offer this service in your area. NOAA All Hazards Radio functions like a smoke detector and warns you anywhere and anytime. This device will automatically alert you of tornadoes, flash floods and severe thunderstorms while you are asleep or away from your favorite radio or TV station, or internet site. You can buy one at most places that sell electronic devices.The National Weather Service (NWS) in San Angelo encourages all residents and schools across West Central Texas to practice their tornado warning drill on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 9:30 a.m. The NWS in San Angelo will transmit a Special Message through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 930 a.m. Because of the nature of this message, it may or may not activate certain NOAA Weather Radios.