Iowans are ever mindful that severe weather can strike at any time. Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with the National Weather Service in Des Moines office designate the last full week of March as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. The goal is to provide Iowans a better understanding about the state?s spring weather hazards. Specific topics addressed include flash floods, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, weather warnings and family preparedness.
A tornado drill takes place at 10 a.m. on the Wednesday of Severe Weather Awareness Week. If severe weather occurs on the day of the drill, it will be moved to Thursday.