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

The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service have declared this week (March 24-28th) Severe Weather Awareness Week.   Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual event to remind Iowans that severe weather is part of living in our state and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives.

Additional preparedness information can be found at:

Severe Weather Awareness Week Daily Topics

  • Monday - Flash Flooding
  • Tuesday - Warning Reception
  • Wednesday - Tornado
  • Thursday - Severe Thunderstorm Hazards
  • Friday - Family Preparedness

New Updates

Impact Based Warnings - The Impact Based Warning (IBW) experimental project  is an effort to better communicate severe weather threats with National Weather Service warnings.   The project began in 2013 and it will continue in 2014.  Checkout the IBW page here.

Wireless Emergency Alerts -  2014 will be the second severe weather season with Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).  Click here to learn about WEA and how the alerts might impact how you receive a warning.  Here is a new PSA featuring a Flash Flood Warning and Wireless Emergency Alerts.  Click here

Be A Force of Nature Website is located on the National Weather Services Weather Ready Nation page.  There is a wealth of preparedness material on the page!  Click here

YouTube videos about what to do before, during and after a tornado

Get Weather-Ready: Before a Tornado

Get Weather-Ready: During a Tornado

Get Weather-Ready: After a Tornado

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