Monday, March 24, 2014

Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa & Nebraska - March 24-28, 2014

This sis from Dakota County Emergency Management.

The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, the State of Nebraska Office of Emergency Management, and the National Weather Service have declared the week of March 24th through March 28th, 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa and Nebraska.   Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual event to remind everyone that severe weather is part of living in the upper Midwest and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives.   
Tornado Test Details 
The FCC has granted Iowa & Nebraska a waiver for the 2014 tornado drill.  Therefore,  the real Emergency Alert System (EAS) warning codes for test messages will be used during the drill. 
 9:50 AM - Storm Prediction Center (SPC) coordinates with Iowa/Nebraska National Weather Service (NWS) offices about a test tornado watch for Iowa and Nebraska.
10:00 AM - SPC issues Test Tornado Watch for Iowa and Nebraska.  Each Iowa/Nebraska NWS offices will issue test Watch Coordination Notification messages.  Test watch will be toned alerted on NOAA All Hazards Radio and sent through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) as a test message.
10:10 AM - NWS Sioux Falls issues test tornado warnings for their Iowa & Nebraska counties.
10:30 AM - NWS Sioux Falls issues a Severe Weather Statement to terminate the test warnings.

11:00 AM - Test tornado watch expires.

If severe weather threatens on Wednesday - March 26th, the test will be conducted on Thursday - March 27th at the same time.   If you have any questions concerning severe weather safety, please contact your County Emergency Manager or Warning Coordination Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp through e-mail or by calling (605) 330-4247.  Click here for further weather safety information!

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