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Severe Weather Awareness Week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Severe Weather Awareness Week Activities

March 23-27, 2015

The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department and the National Weather Service have declared the week of March 23 through March 27, 2015 Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual event to remind Iowans that severe weather is part of living in our state and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives.

Severe Weather Awareness Week Daily Topics

Monday – The focus on Monday will be flash flooding.  Flash flooding is the most deadly thunderstorm threat in the United States.  Never drive into a flooded area!

Tuesday – On Tuesday we will discuss warning reception.  Over the years, the ways to get hazardous weather warnings have changed.  Today, we will focus on how to get a warning.  Do you know how you get a warning?

Storm Spotter Training: Join us March 24th at 7:00 PM at the Polk County Emergency Operations Center (1907 Carpenter Ave., Des Moines) for a multi-media presentation containing information about severe weather, how to identify severe weather in the field, thunderstorm types and threats, how to report severe weather, safety, and more. It is free and open to the public.  No prior registration is required.

Wednesday – This is tornado day.  In 2011, over 500 people died in the United States from tornadoes!   Do you know where the safest place is in your home or car?  Statewide Tornado Drill:

10:00 AM         Storm Prediction Center issues Test Tornado Watch for Iowa.  Each Iowa NWS office will issue test Watch Coordination Notification messages.  Test watch will be toned alerted on NOAA All Hazards Radio.


10:15 AM         NWS Des Moines issues test tornado warnings for their Iowa counties.


10:30 AM         Severe Weather Statement to terminate the test warnings.


11:00 AM         Test tornado watch expires.


Thursday – This is severe thunderstorm day.  Hundreds of severe thunderstorms hit Iowa each year.  Did you know severe thunderstorms can be as dangerous as tornadoes?


Friday – Family Preparedness. Learn about family safety from natural and man-made hazards.

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Polk County Emergency Management
1907 Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 286-2107

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