The city of Perry will participate in a statewide tornado drill scheduled for Wednesday, March 24 at about 11 a.m. The drill is one of the exercises planned for the 2021 Severe Weather Awareness Week of March 22 through March 26.
In the event of a genuine tornado, the test will be postponed until Thursday, March 25.
During the tornado drill, the siren tones will cycle as it does in a true emergency. The city does not sound an all-clear signal. The annual tornado drill is an excellent time to review tornado safety plans and conduct tornado drills in companies, schools and other facilities. The city encourages all local organizations to participate in the annual event.
The annual Severe Weather Awareness Week is coordinated in Iowa by the Iowa Homeland Security, Emergency Management Division and National Weather Service (NWS) and locally by the Dallas County Emergency Management Agency and the Perry Police Department.
Daily topics to be discussed this year include:
Monday, March 22 – Severe Thunderstorms
Tuesday, March 23 – Receiving Warning information
Wednesday, March 24 – Tornadoes
Thursday, March 25 – Family Preparedness
Friday, March 26 – Flooding
The NWS will issue public information statements each day during the week that promote severe weather safety. The NWS website also has information available concerning severe weather and preparedness.