Severe Weather Awareness Week set

Posted March 26, 2013 at 6:54 pm

The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) and the National Weather Service have designated March 25 – 29 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa.

The Sioux County Emergency Management Agency encourages the public to prepare for he upcoming Severe Weather Season.

The following steps were outlined in a press release:

“The first and most important preparedness activity you can do is to create a plan with your family. Have a discussion with your family to create an emergency plan, and then write it down. Make sure all involved understand your plan. The first step to being prepared is having a plan that works for your family.

Now that you’ve created a plan, assemble an emergency kit. You should try to have enough supplies for your family for up to three days. Some suggested items include one gallon of water per person per day; toilet paper; a simple first aid kit; a variety of canned foods with a manual can opener; comfort foods; a seven-day supply of medications; a note pad and pens to write down important information; a NOAA weather radio; paper towels; baby supplies or any other special needs for your family members. Keep your supplies in water proof totes, as they will be easy to transport should you need to leave your home.”

Storm Watch Training

A Storm Watch Training session will take place at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon at 7:00 p.m., April 15 and 16 and at 1:30 p.m. on April 16. The class is about two hours long.

Tornado Drill

The highlight of the Severe Weather Awareness Week will be the annual tornado drill scheduled for 10:00 a.m. March 27. Schools, businesses, state and local governments and individuals are encouraged to participate in the drill.

Additional information about the tornado drill can be found on local National Weather Service websites. During Severe Weather Awareness Week, more information will be posted on individual and family preparedness at

The National Weather Service will promote severe weather safety on its websites and by issuing informative public information statements.

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