The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service have declared the week of April 4th through April 8th, 2011 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.
During Severe Weather Awareness Week, the National Weather Service will promote severe-weather safety by issuing informative Public Information Statements.
Tornado Test Details
The FCC prohibits the use of live Emergency Alert System (EAS) warning codes for test messages. A waiver was granted by the FCC which authorizes the use of real TOR EAS/NOAA Weather Radio codes for the test. Therefore, the tornado warning test messages will be sent using the TOR code with the 1050 HZ tone alert on NOAA All Hazards Radio.
9:50 AM - Storm Prediction Center (SPC) coordinates with Iowa National Weather Service (NWS) offices about a test tornado watch for Iowa.
10:00 AM - SPC issues Test Tornado Watch for Iowa. Each Iowa WFO will issue test Watch Coordination Notification messages. Test watch will be toned and alerted on NOAA All Hazards Radio and sent through the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
10:10 AM - NWS Sioux Falls and Omaha issue test tornado warnings for their Iowa counties.
10:15 AM- NWS Des Moines and Quad Cities issue test tornado warnings for their Iowa counties.
10:20 AM - NWS La Crosses issues test tornado warning for their Iowa counties.
10:30-10:35 AM - All Iowa NWS offices issues a Severe Weather Statement to terminate the test warnings.
11:00 AM - Test tornado watch expires.
If severe weather threatens on April 6th, the test will be conducted on April 7th at the same time.
Severe Weather Awareness Week Daily Topics
Monday - The focus on Monday will be flash flooding. Flash flooding is the most deadly thunderstorm threat in the United States. Never drive into a flooded area! For additional information, check out our fact sheet.
Wednesday - Today is tornado day. In 2008, 13 people died from this threat in Iowa. Do you know where the safest place is in your home or car? For additional information, check out our fact sheet.
Thursday - This is severe thunderstorm day. Hundreds of severe thunderstorms hit Iowa each year. Did you severe thunderstorms can be as dangerous as tornadoes? For additional information, check out our fact sheet.
Friday - Family Preparedness. Learn about family safety from natural and man made hazards. For additional information, check out our fact sheet.
For additional severe safety information including links to the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management's Be Ready Iowa! website, please click here.
Media Interviews concerning severe weather week should be directed to Brian Smith, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Omaha/Valley, NE