The Webster County Emergency Management Agency, Iowa Department of Homeland
Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD), National Weather Service (NWS), and Iowa Emergency
Management Association (IEMA) have joined together to promote Severe Weather Awareness Week in
Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 22-26, is an opportunity to highlight the importance of being
aware of, and prepared for, severe weather.
For each day during Severe Weather Awareness Week, a different subject will be featured:
• Monday – Severe thunderstorms
• Tuesday – Weather warnings
• Wednesday – Tornadoes
• Thursday – Family preparedness
• Friday – Flash floods
The annual statewide tornado drill will take place on Wed., March 24, beginning at 11 a.m. Schools,
businesses, individuals, and state and local governments may participate, keeping in mind COVID-19
safety guidelines, including:
• Staying at least 6 feet from other people outside of your household in your shelter location if
• Wearing a mask
• Washing your hands often, cover coughs and sneeze
• Avoiding touching high-touch surfaces, such as handrails, as much as possible
These guidelines also apply if you must go to a public shelter or stay with family or friends during, or
following, severe weather or other emergencies.
Severe Weather Awareness Week is a good time to review your family’s emergency plan and to check
the contents of your emergency kit. Be sure to include in your emergency kit items you may need if you
must shelter outside of your home, including masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes.