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Severe Weather Awareness Week

March 21-25, 2016

The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service (NWS)

have declared the week of March 21-25, 2016 Severe Weather Awareness Week. The highlight of the week

will be a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 23rd, beginning at 10:00 am. This is an event to remind

Iowans that Severe weather is a part of living in our state and that understanding the risks and how to respond

to them can save lives.

EH&S will be hosting Storm Spotter Training for ISU staff and students on April 14th. Register at


Severe Weather Awareness Week Daily Topics


The focus will be

severe thunderstorms

. Hundreds

of severe thunderstorms hit Iowa each year. Did you

know severe thunderstorms can be as dangerous as


NWS Severe Thunderstorm Fact Sheet (PDF)

NWS Thunderstorm Brochure (PDF)


The emphasis will be on

warning reception

. Over the

years, the ways to get hazardous weather warnings

have changed. Do you know how you get a warning?

NWS Receiving Warnings Fact Sheet (PDF)

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)


This is


day. In 2011, over 500 people died in

the United States from tornadoes! Do you know where

the safest place is in your home or car?

Statewide Tornado Drill:

10:00 AM

NWS Tornado Safety Fact Sheet (PDF)

Get Weather-Ready: Before a Tornado

Get Weather-Ready: During a Tornado

NWS Tornado Safety Website


This is

family preparedness

day. Learn about family

safety from natural and man-made hazards

NWS Family Preparedness Fact Sheet (PDF)


Red Cross Ready


Flash flooding

is the most deadly weather threat in

the United States. Never drive into a flooded area!

NWS Flash Flood Fact Sheet (PDF)

NWS Flood Safety Awareness Website

NWS Floods the Awesome Power (PDF)

American Red Cross Flood Safety

Safety info, by building

Check buildings you work in or frequent on the

EH&S Building Information website

. Look for building emergency

maps and particularly, where to take shelter from severe weather.

For more information and safety tips, visit our

weather page