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Polk City, Iowa

Annual Statewide Tornado Drill

by Daniel Purcell 3/21/2018

In conjunction with the National Weather Service, the Annual Tornado Drill is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. The drill is statewide and all persons in Iowa are encouraged to participate. This drill is part of Severe Weather Awareness Week which lasts from March 26-30, 2018. It is important that you know the hazards, know when to expect dangerous weather, pay attention, and have a plan to stay safe. We urge that you treat this test as if it were a real situation and take this opportunity to ensure greater safety in the future. 

Key terms to be aware of:

  • 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.).

The drill will proceed as follows on Wednesday March 28:

  • 10:00 am: Tornado Watch
  • 10:15 am: Tornado Warning - Outdoor warning sirens should be activated consistent with countywide policy.
  • 10:30 am: End of Drill

Severe Weather Awareness Week: *Click on each topic for safety information from the National Weather Service*

Resources: *To learn more about preparedness and weather safety visit some of the following links*

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