(Atlantic) A statewide tornado drill will be conducted this morning at 10:15 a.m. as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. Residents with weather radio’s can test them today as well thanks to the corroboration of the Omaha and Des Moines National Weather Services. All citizens, businesses, schools, healthcare and public facilities are encouraged to participate in today’s tornado drill by practicing what you would do during a real tornado warning.
Cass County Emergency Management Director Mike Kennon says the radios are a key tool to have for a variety of reasons. “They are very important because it’s something else that can warn you of pending weather, and you can program them to warn you about a variety of different hazards, everything from hazardous spills to actual tornado warnings.”
If you don’t have one you are in luck, Kennon has a few on hand and free of charge. “I received through a grant and I would like to get them into peoples hands as soon as possible.”
The Storm Prediction Center will issue a TEST tornado Watch for all 99-Iowa Counties at 10:00 a.m. using the new Watch Outline update message. The text message will be tone alerted and sent through the Emergency Alert System. The Watch will be valid for one hour.
The test tornado watch will expire at 11:00 a.m.
March 27, 2013