MASON CITY, Iowa – It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Homeland Security, the National Weather Service, and local emergency management teams are working to reach out to as many kids and families as they can to promote awareness and preparedness for weather-related disasters.
Each day of this week, a different subject is being featured.
- Monday – Flash floods
- Tuesday – Weather warnings
- Wednesday – Tornadoes
- Thursday – Severe thunderstorms
- Friday – Family preparedness
On Tuesday, weather warnings are the emphasis of discussions. Local emergency coordinators want to let the public know there are countless ways of staying informed. During questionable whether, your weather radio is your best friend, along with the local news or even apps on your phone.
Officials say this week is a great time to make sure you are ready in case disaster strikes.
“We have the spring thaw, which has been fantastic this year, but you know starting this time we’re looking at that, the flooding and rain coming in. Flooding and then flash flooding and just after that comes severe thunderstorms and after that comes tornadoes, so this is the time, as people are getting ready,” says Cerro Gordo Emergency Coordinator, Steve O’Neil.
The annual state-wide tornado drill takes place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. so don’t be alarmed if you see people out on streets at that time or hear the warnings on your weather radios or apps. All schools and places of business are encouraged to participate.
Officials say this week is also a good time to make sure your emergency supplies are stocked and ready. Also, make sure every family member knows what they should do when severe weather hits.