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Polk City, Iowa

2019 Severe Weather Awareness Week

by City Hall 3/21/2019

March 25-29, 2019


The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department and the National Weather Service have declared the week of March 25 through March 29, 2019 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 26 from 6:30-8:30 pm - No cost to attend.
DMACC Bldg 6, Auditorium Room 29, 2006 S Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA

Impress your friends and family with your knowledge of what a "rear-flank downdraft" is.  What is the best way to report to officials if you see a funnel cloud?  Do you know the safest relative position from which to observe a SuperCell Thunderstorm?  You will if you join Polk County Emergency Management Agency on March 26th. https://www.facebook.com/events/790437154654610/?ti=as 

NWS will conduct Iowa's Statewide Tornado Drill Wednesday, March 27 This is an invaluable opportunity for citizens to practice their severe weather-sheltering plan.  The timeline for the drill is as follows:

10:00 AM – Test Tornado Watch issued for Iowa. The Storm Prediction Center issues a Test Tornado Watch for all counties in Iowa.  The test message will be tone alerted and sent through the Emergency Alert System using the TOA code.  The watch will be valid for one hour

10:15 AM – Test tornado Warning issued.  Forecast Offices that serve Iowa and Nebraska will issue a TEST Tornado Warning valid for 20 minutes. This is the time that counties may be sounding sirens. This will be sent using the TOR EAS code.  There will be test wording throughout the text of the warning.

10:30 AM – Test tornado Warning cancelled.  Weather Forecast Offices across Iowa will issue a Severe Weather Statement cancelling the test tornado warning.

11:00 AM – Test tornado watch expires for all of Iowa and Nebraska.

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.





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