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Tornado drill mostly successful in Scottsbluff County

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Emergency preparedness officials around the panhandle conducted a fairly successful tornado drill Wednesday to go along with Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Scottsbluff Fire Chief Dana Miller stood near the intersection of Avenue I and 33rd Street making sure the siren went off without a hitch shortly after 9:30.

There are five sirens in Scottsbluff that went off twice for three minutes. Director of Region 22 Management Jerry Bretthauer says the mock tornado drill allows residents to hear what would happen in an actual situation. He says everyone should always hide underground and never chase storms.
"I can remember at one time we use to go out and sound the sirens in our patrol car to assist and what would happen was all the people would come out of their houses and stand in the middle of the street and look for the tornado and that's pretty dangerous because of flying debris and you never know when they're going to pop out of the sky."
Bretthauer suggests residents should also prepare a place to meet others if ever they get separated during a storm.

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