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STORM AWARENESS: Statewide Drill Scheduled
STORM AWARENESS: Statewide Drill Scheduled

Polk County Emergency Management Agency have organized events next week as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week.

From March 25-29, the state-wide awareness week is an annual drive to remind Iowan’s that severe weather is part of living in the state and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives.

Topics of the week include, flash flooding, warning reception, tornadoes/statewide drill, severe thunderstorms and family preparedness.   

 “Our goal is simple, we want to motivate our friends, family and neighbors to be better prepared” said A.J. Mumm, Director of the Polk County Emergency Management Agency. “We ask that individuals and families be better prepared by taking a few simple steps. Have a family emergency plan; put together an emergency supplies kit; and stay informed about severe weather and other emergencies that can occur in your community.”

Two events are planned for the week:

  • Storm Spotter Class - The National Weather Service together with the Polk County Emergency Management Agency and Des Moines Area Community College will host a session on severe weather and storm spotting at From 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26.  It is free of cost and open to anyone interested in severe weather and the general public is encouraged to attend.  The session will be held at the DMACC Ankeny Campus, Building 6 Auditorium.
  • Statewide Tornado Drill - planned for Wednesday, March 27.  The exercise will consist of a simulated tornado watch being issued around 10:00 a.m., followed by a simulated warning at 10:15. The outdoor warning sirens will be activated across Polk County at 10:15 and we encourage all schools, businesses, and governments to participate in concert with this drill.  If severe weather threatens on Wednesday the test will be delayed until Thursday.

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