Severe Weather Awareness Week

tornadoThis week is Severe Weather Awareness Week. It is a good time to review plans and items needed to react to a severe weather or other emergency. Severe weather can happen at anytime, and sometimes without much warning. In my former community, we were hit with a severe windstorm at 5:00 AM on a Monday morning that caused damage to several homes and destroyed about 75% of the trees in town.

On Wednesday, March 26 at 10:00 AM, outdoor warning sirens will be tested across the state if no severe weather is in the area. This is the perfect time to think about what you would do if severe weather, such as a tornado, were to hit where you are at that time. Also, remember that Outdoor Warning Sirens are meant to warn people OUTDOORS. The best item you can have in your home to warn you about severe weather is a properly programmed weather alert radio.

What else can you do to be ready? Click on this link for more information: http://www.beready.iowa.gov/