• slide8
  • slide3
  • slide4
  • slide1
  • slide7
  • slide6
  • slide5
  • slide9
Polk City, Iowa

2016 Severe Weather Awareness Week

by jgschreier 3/18/2016

March 21-25, 2016

The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department and the National Weather Service have declared the week of March 21 through March 25, 2016 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 Events

Storm Spotter Class - Tuesday, March 22 from 7:00-8:30 pm
Polk County Emergency Operations Center, 1907 Carpenter Ave., Des Moines, IA

Multimedia presentation containing information about identifying/reporting severe weather, severe weather safety, severe weather climatology in Iowa, thunderstorm types and threats, and more. Runs 90 to 120 minutes in length, is open to the public, and free of charge. Instructors are National Weather Service Meteorologists – Questions and discussions are encouraged!
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/storm-spotter-class-registration-22508078268

Iowa Statewide Tornado Drill Wednesday, March 23 (In case of severe weather, Thursday March 24th is the backup day)

10:00 AM – Test Tornado Watch issued for Iowa. The test watch will tone alert on NOAA All Hazards Radio.

10:15 AM – NWS Des Moines issues test tornado warnings. The test warning will alert on NOAA Weather Radio and Outdoor Warning Sirens will be activated.

10:30-10:35 AM – NWS issues a Severe Weather Statement to terminate the test warnings.

11:00 AM – Test tornado watch expires.

We encourage everyone to participate in the drill by practicing the implementation of your severe weather plan (alert and notification, internal communications and coordination, seeking your place of refuge, and staying informed of threat conditions).

Watch: A National Weather Service product indicating that a particular hazard is possible, i.e., that conditions are more favorable than usual for its occurrence. A watch is a recommendation for planning, preparation, and increased awareness (i.e., to be alert for changing weather, listen for further information, and think about what to do if the danger materializes).*

Warning: A product issued by National Weather Service local offices indicating that a particular weather hazard is either imminent or has been reported. A warning indicates the need to take action to protect life and property. The type of hazard is reflected in the type of warning (i.e., tornado warning, blizzard warning, etc.).*

*Definitions taken from the National Weather Service Website: http://www.weather.gov/


For more information, preparedness resources and information about the outdoor warning siren activation policy in Polk County see the following sources and join our Facebook and Twitter feeds.




| To the top |

Add comment

  • Comment
  • Preview

Please enter the answer to the question below for validation.

Contact City Hall

112 3rd Street
PO Box 426
Polk City, IA 50226


Phone: 515-984-6233
Fax: 515-984-6177

Friends of Polk City

  • Polk City Development Corporation
  • Wolf Creek Technology Web Design
  • North Polk School District
  • Polk City Community Foundation
  • Polk City Chamber of Commerce
  • Big Creek Historical Society
  • Polk City Square
  • Polk City Fire Department

Contact Info

City Hall
112 3rd Street
PO Box 426
Polk City, IA 50226

Phone: (515) 984-6233

Fax: (515) 984-6177

Email Us

Copyright © 2020 • PolkCityIA.gov All Rights Reserved. • PrivacyTerms of Use
Powered by Genesis Core | Des Moines Iowa Web Design by Wolf Creek Technology