March 23-27 is Severe Weather Awareness Week


Governor Terry E. Branstad has proclaimed March 23-27,2015, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) and the National Weather Service (NWS) have again joined together to promote severe weather awareness and family preparedness.

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 annual tornado drill will take place on Wednesday, March 25, 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.

“Severe Weather Awareness Week is the perfect time to practice our emergency plans and review the items in our emergency supply kits,” said Stefanie Bond, public information officer for HSEMD. “Make sure your medications, batteries, food, and water are all up to date. And, every member of your family should know what to do if severe weather strikes – no matter where you are when it does.”


There are three simple steps you can take:

  • Build a kit. Your emergency supply kit should have everything you need to sustain you and your family for 3-5 days.
  • Make a plan. Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency is key. Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do.
  • Be Aware. Learn about the hazards that can affect your community, and learn how to obtain information about current weather and road conditions. Click one of the links to the left to find out more about specific hazards that affect Iowa.

Additional information can be found on social media throughout the week using hashtag #IASWAW.


Link to HSEMD's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.


Resources for you and your family

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