Letter to the editor: All invited to mark Severe Weather Awareness Week March 21-25

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To the editor:

It’s that time of year again. The weather is starting to warm up, and the storm season approaches.

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the National Weather Service (NWS) have designated the week of March 21 through March 25 as Severe Weather Awareness Week 2016. Topics to be discussed this year will include:

  • Monday – Severe Thunderstorms
  • Tuesday – Receiving Warning information
  • Wednesday – Tornadoes
  • Thursday – Family Preparedness
  • Friday – Flooding

The NWS will issue public information statements each day during the week promoting severe weather safety. The NWS also has information available on their website concerning severe weather and preparedness.

The City of Perry will be participating in the statewide tornado drill scheduled for Wednesday, March 23 between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. In the event of severe weather, the test will be postponed until Thursday, March 24.

The siren tone will cycle as it does in a true emergency. We do not sound an all clear.

The annual tornado drill is an excellent time to review tornado safety plans and conduct tornado drills in companies, schools and other facilities. I would encourage your organization to participate in this annual event.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Lori A. Riley, Communications Supervisor
Perry Police Department

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