March 27-31 is Severe Weather Awareness Week


Governor Terry E. Branstad has proclaimed March 27-31, 2017, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa.

Severe Weather Awareness Week logo 2017The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) the National Weather Service (NWS) and local emergency management agencies have again joined together to promote severe weather awareness and family preparedness.

“Just a few weeks ago, some areas of the state were heavily damaged by tornadoes and severe weather,” said Branstad. “That is an unfortunate reminder that Iowa not only has frequent severe weather, but that severe weather can strike at any time. Now is the time to review your emergency plans and make sure you are prepared.”

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

  • Monday – Severe thunderstorms
  • Tuesday – Weather warnings
  • Wednesday – Tornadoes
  • Thursday – Family preparedness
  • Friday – Flash floods

The annual tornado drill will take place on Wed., March 29, between 10 and 11 a.m. Schools, businesses, individuals, and state and local governments are strongly encouraged to participate in the drill. Additional information about the tornado drill can be found on local NWS websites.

To view the governor's proclamation, click here. Follow HSEMD and NWS on social media using the hashtag #IASWAW.