This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa

 Tornado drill is Wednesday, March 29

The Greene County Emergency Management Agency, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD), and the National Weather Service (NWS) have again joined together to promote severe weather awareness and family preparedness.

For each day during Severe Weather Awareness Week, a different subject will be featured:

  • Monday – Severe thunderstorms
  • Tuesday – Weather warnings
  • Wednesday – Tornadoes
  • Thursday – Family preparedness
  • Friday – Flash floods

The annual tornado drill will take place  Wednesday, March 29, at approximately 10 am. All sirens in Greene County will sound at approximately 10:30 am. Schools, businesses, state and local governments, and individuals are strongly encouraged to participate in the drill. In the event of inclement weather on the 29th, the sirens will not sound as a drill.

It is the current policy in Greene County that sirens sound in the various communities only when severe weather is imminent in their area. Severe weather can be defined as tornados and severe winds with confirmed destruction such as structure and tree damage. The appropriate response upon hearing a tornado siren in Greene County is to take cover immediately. Sirens may be resounded if severe weather continues. Sirens are not used as an “all clear” indication.

Brochures and fact sheets about severe weather safety and family preparedness are available for download on the Ready Iowa site and NWS websites. Additional information can be found on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and throughout the week using hashtag #IASWAW.

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