April 2-6 has been declared Severe Weather Awareness Week by Iowa Homeland Security, Emergency Management Division, and the National Weather Service. On Wednesday, April 4, Iowa state residents will go through a statewide tornado drill beginning at 10 a.m. Individual counties, such as Allamakee County, will hear Outdoor Warning Sirens at 10:20 a.m. Residents are encouraged to take this drill as a chance to plan for potential disaster situations. They are also advised to learn the different warning signals used for their community in case of severe weather, create an emergency supply kit, and consider purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio, a radio that continuously broadcasts weather information.
Similarly, Ohio declared their own Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week from March 25-31., At 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, residents in Franklin County, Ohio experienced a test warning as part of their statewide tornado drill. Mark Anthony with Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security said “the siren system, as a whole, performed well.”
Send Word Now applauds the efforts by these organizations! We highly encourage the participation of our Iowa customers in this prepared drill as it can directly affect an organization’s ability to respond to and recover from an incident. If you participate in either statewide tornado drill, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to share your story!