We offer office tours as an opportunity to showcase NWS services, provide education, and provide the public an opportunity to visit their local NWS office. Do you have a group interested in an office tour? If so, please see the guidelines below:
- Large group tours of 15 people or more need to be conducted Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm. Tour groups who are larger than 25 will need to separate into smaller groups.
- Small group tours of 5 to 15 will be allowed at other times, including evenings and Saturdays, depending on staff availability.
If you are interested in scheduling a tour, please call Gail Boeff at 515-270-2614. Please provide Ms. Boeff the following information via e-mail at Gail.Boeff@noaa.gov the following information once your tour is scheduled:
- Contact name/phone number/e-mail address
- Group name and address
- Number and age of those who plan to attend
- Special needs or specific topics your group is interested in
- Tours will not be granted from March 1 through April 15 due office training for severe weather and spotter training activities.
- Minimum tour age is ten years old.
- Tours may be cancelled with little or no notice due to severe weather, or other issues.
- Everyone on the tour will be required to sign in and show a government issued I.D. such as a driver’s license. Minors will be allowed to accompany an adult with an I.D.
- There are no fees for office tours.
A limited number of in-person outreach and preparedness events are offered each year. Requests for outreach events often include: civic groups requesting a lunch speaker about severe weather safety, a school career day, a school severe weather talk, a booth at a safety fair, senior living centers, conferences and many other groups.
Outreach requests are granted using the following guidelines:
- Attendance – Higher attended presentations will be given priority over events which are smaller.
- Time and day – Sunday outreach requests will not be granted (except for the Iowa State Fair Booth). Requests during business hours Monday - Friday will be granted at a higher frequency than evening or Saturday events.
- Resource availability – Outreach requests are granted as office, and agency resources permit.
- Schedule well in advance – Events should be requested at least two to four months in advance. Short term requests, within a month, usually are not granted.
If you are interested in scheduling an outreach event, please contact Jeff Johnson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, at 515-270-2614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spotter training and dispatcher training are considered mission critical and are scheduled through county emergency managers or other officials.
Restrictions and terms:
- Outreach events may be cancelled with little or no warning due to severe weather, or other issues.
- Outreach requests between March 1st and April 15th are limited due to spotter training season.
- There is no fee for outreach services.