SIKESTON -- The city of Sikeston and Scott County Schools will participate in a statewide severe weather tornado drill Tuesday.
The drill, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., is being conducted in cooperation with the National Weather Service and the State Emergency Management Agency.
Sikeston's tornado sirens will be activated at this time, according to Capt. John Martin, unless there is inclement weather in which case they do not want to give a false alarm.
Schools in the county "work it into their schedule but they usually try to do it as close to that time as is practical," said Joel Evans, emergency management director for the county.
The Dexter Fire Department and Dexter Emergency Management will also participate by conducting a citywide severe weather tornado drill.
Sirens in Dexter will sound at 1:30 p.m., according to Fire Chief Al Banken. He urged residents to respond to the drill as if it were the "real thing" by taking proper action.
"We ask that everyone take part in this drill," Banken said, "including employees in the workplace, schools and nursing homes."