The Cooper County Emergency Management Agency will be participating in the National Weather Service Tornado Drill on Tuesday, March 6.  
Larry Oerly, co-director of Cooper County EMA said the drill is scheduled at 10:00 a.m.  The sirens in Cooper County will sound.  
“We encourage everyone to review your tornado plans and practice your plan during this drill,” Oerly said. “This is a great time for businesses and schools to do a drill.  We will also have a second Tornado Drill at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6.  This is so businesses and institutions can drill with a second shift.  This would also be a great opportunity to do a home drill for those who were at work or school during the morning drill.”
Oerly added that a Nixle alert with information on tornado safety will go out with each of these drills.  
“We will reschedule for Thursday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. if weather in the area prevents us from participating in the drill on March 6,” Oerly said.
For more information on Tornado Safety and what to do to plan for a Tornado, go to the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/tornado.  
Oerly said Nixle is a service offered by the Cooper County EMA with the approval of the Cooper County Commission to warn the citizens during emergent events that could impact the lives of the citizens of Cooper County.  He said while this service has been around for several years, they just added improvements that will increase the timeliness of the information.  
“It was expanded to include “land Lines” with voice calls along with cell phones, text messages, emails and social media for alerts and warnings,” Oerly said.
Currently, text alerts will come directly from the National Weather Service for certain watches, alerts and warnings.  Soon this service will also include voice messages to all the home and business landline phones who have a listed phone number in Cooper County.  
To receive all the alerts on your cell phones and email, text COOPEREMA to 888777.  Oerly said you will receive a text with the links to finish your signup.  You can also sign up at www.nixle.com and click on “Sign Up”.  Follow the instructions given.  
“We encourage all of our citizens to sign up and to provide feedback to the Cooper County Commission and Emergency Management Personnel to improve notifications,” Oerly said.