Most Stateline area residents have become accustomed to the monthly test of the emergency sirens that takes place on the first Tuesday of every month at 10am. However, tomorrow's event will be a little different.

All of Illinois is taking part in a statewide emergency preparedness drill. That means on March 4 at 10am a tornado warning with real codes will be sent out, activating weather radios in homes and businesses. It's important to note that this is just a drill. Yes, the temperatures in the singe digits is a good clue that there are no severe storms on the way. But some might wonder if their weather radio is malfunctioning.

March is Severe Weather Preparedness month in Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn's office says 54 twisters were recorded in Illinois in 2013. They're blamed for the deaths of eight people and caused nearly 200 injuries. More than 2,000 homes were damaged by the tornadoes.

So to avoid confusion, go ahead and alert friends, family, neighbors and perhaps even strangers that there's no need to worry when the sirens and weather radios sound off.

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