Severe Weather Awareness Week this week

National Weather Service’s Statewide Tornado Drill scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, at 11 a.m.

Severe Weather Awareness Week 
Severe weather season is right around the corner and the Winneshiek County Emergency Management Agency would like to remind everyone of the National Severe Weather Awareness Week beginning Monday, March 21, and running through Friday, March 25. 
Winneshiek County will be participating in the National Weather Service’s Statewide Tornado Drill scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, at 11 a.m. The schedule is below: 
11 a.m. Countywide outdoor weather siren TEST begins 
11:05 a.m. End of TEST 
During the TEST, the Winneshiek County 911 Communications Center will be activating and testing the Outdoor Warning Sirens countywide. All sirens will be sounded for 3 to 5 minutes to test their functionality. Subsequent shorter tests may occur depending on any maintenance needs identified during the TEST. 
The National Weather Service is encouraging every school, resident and business to take part in the drill by seeking safe and secure shelter, just as if this were a real event. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are one of Iowa’s most known hazards. Please do not take this drill for granted. 
The Winneshiek County 911 Communications Center would like to remind everyone to refrain from calling 911 to inquire about the sirens. The 911 call lines should only be used during a true emergency. If you have questions or comments, please use the non-emergency lines by calling the Winneshiek County Emergency Management Agency at 563-387-4095, the Decorah Police Department at 563-382-3667 or the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office at 563-382-4268. 
If there is actual severe weather pending the day of the scheduled test, the test could be postponed until the following day.

 

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