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Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa planned March 24-28

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 9:27 a.m. CDT

Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa is March 24-28.

Clarke County Emergency Management Agency, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) and the National Weather Service (NWS) have joined together to promote severe weather awareness and preparedness during this week.

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

• Monday – Flash floods

• Tuesday – Weather warnings

• Wednesday – Tornadoes

• Thursday – Severe thunderstorms

• Friday – Family preparedness

The highlight of Severe Weather Awareness Week is the annual tornado drill scheduled for Wednesday, March 26, at approximately 10 a.m. Schools, businesses, state and local governments and individuals are strongly encouraged to participate in the drill. Additional information about the tornado drill can be found on local NWS websites.

During Severe Weather Awareness Week, agencies may post severe weather safety statements.

HSEMD will post information on individual and family preparedness at www.beready.iowa.gov. The NWS the National Weather Service (NWS) will promote severe weather safety on their websites and by issuing informative public information statements.

Additional information about severe weather, emergency preparedness and family safety can be found at www.beready.iowa.gov.

• Spotter training is planned 7 p.m. April 15 at Clarke’s high school auditorium.

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