Press release submitted by National Weather Service|
Emergency management and the National Weather Service (NWS) will conduct a statewide Tornado Drill between 10 and 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2013. 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 March 27th, the test would be postponed to the following day – Thursday March 28th.
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.
The purpose of the annual drill is to provide an opportunity for everyone to review and practice for life-threatening severe weather events such as tornadoes, flash floods, large hail, and damaging winds. Area residents, businesses, and schools are urged to treat the drill as if it were an actual tornado warning. (Note that local officials may or may not sound outdoor warning sirens as a component of the drill, depending on local test policies.)
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–March 25th – 29th, 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.