Iowa statewide Tornado Drill April 4


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Posted Online: April 03, 2012, 3:42 pm
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Press release submitted by National Weather Service Quad Cities

2012 Iowa Tornado Drill

Emergency management and the National Weather Service (NWS) will conduct a statewide Tornado Drill between 10 and 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2012. The drill will begin with a test Tornado Watch at 10 a.m., followed by a test Tornado Warning at 10:15 am.

Every school, citizen and business is encouraged to participate in the drill by practicing seeking secure, safe shelter as if this were a real event. In case of severe weather on April 4th, the test would be postponed to the following day – Thursday April 5th.

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has granted a waiver to the state of Iowa for this drill. This means that The National Weather Service will use the actual Emergency Alert System (EAS) code TOR for the tornado drill message, activating NOAA Weather Radios for the test tornado warning. The commercial broadcast industry including all cable outlets should be prepared to receive a TOR coded message for the drill.

Local officials may or may not sound outdoor warning sirens as a component of the drill, depending on local test policies. Area residents, businesses, and schools are urged to treat the drill as if it were an actual tornado warning. The purpose of the annual drill is to test everyone's readiness for life-threatening severe weather events such as tornadoes, flash floods, large hail, and damaging winds.

Iowa experiences a variety of severe weather including tornadoes, severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail, and flash flooding. Residents are encouraged to use Severe Weather Awareness Week–April 2-6th, and the annual drill day, to review their severe weather safety plans. Practice what you would do as if there were a real tornado warning.

For more information or for interviews, please contact Donna Dubberke or the other meteorologists and staff at the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities.




















 




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