NWS Des Moines graphic, via Twitter.Daily topics for this year's Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa.NWS Des Moines graphic, via Twitter.Spring is coming and so is severe weather season. Each year, emergency management agencies along with the National Weather Service designate a week to remind citizens of the dangers severe weather can pose. This year, Severe Weather Awareness Week will be March 23-27 in Iowa with a different preparedness topic for each day of the week. An annual part of severe weather awareness week is the statewide tornado drill which will be held on Wednesday, March 25.


The topics for each day are:

  • Monday: Severe Thunderstorms
  • Tuesday: Weather Warnings
  • Wednesday: Tornadoes
  • Thursday: Family Preparedness
  • Friday: Flash Floods

Statewide Tornado Drill

The annual statewide tornado drill will be held on Wednesday, March 25, with a test Tornado Watch being issued around 10:00 a.m. At about 10:15, a test Tornado Warning will be issued and it is at this time that we encourage everyone to participate in the drill by putting your severe weather plan into action.

Notice: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns and the call of social distancing by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Weather Service (NWS) is canceling Iowa's 2020 tornado drill originally scheduled for 10 AM on Wednesday, March 25th.  Most sheltering locations are in confined spaces, which is not where people should be congregating given ongoing concerns. Another group that we focus on practicing their sheltering is schools and with the majority of those now out of session for the next 4 weeks, the outcome is ineffective.  Aside from the tornado drill cancellation, Severe Weather Awareness Week will continue as normal next week, where Iowa NWS Offices and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management will provide safety reminders as severe weather season 2020 is right around the corner.  We are asking Iowans to spend a few minutes next week thinking about & discussing their in-home severe weather sheltering plans.

Watch this page for more updates as severe weather awareness week approaches.

Michael Ehret
Dickinson County Courthouse
1802 Hill Ave, Ste B103
  Spirit Lake, IA 51360

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