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March 19, 2019, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ Harmony Bible Church
Spotter training classes cover severe weather hazards including thunderstorms and tornadoes. This includes the general structure and movement of severe thunderstorms, identification of important storm features, and safety concerns.
Virtually every community has some form of spotter network. Often, local fire and police personnel are trained to observe and report severe weather, partly due to their extensive radio communication and 24-hour operations. Citizens may also be an active part of the spotter network, some with an avid interest in the weather and many without. Some spotters are amateur radio operators.
All classes last about 2 hours.
They are free and open to the public.
Classes are appropriate for all ages. Ages 10 and up will likely get the most out of the training.
Pre-registration is NOT required unless specifically noted for a particular class.
Classes are scheduled in collaboration with local emergency management officials.
March 19, 2019, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harmony Bible Church
March 25, 2019, 5:00 AM - March 29, 2019
Severe Weather Awareness Week which runs from March 25-29, 2019. This 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
For more information on preparing for weather emergencies be sure to look at the website http://www.ready.gov
March 27, 2019, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
With spring arriving, the annual Iowa state-wide tornado drill will be held on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019. A test watch will be issued at approximately 10:00 AM to start the drill, followed by a test warning around 10:15 AM. The drill will be over at 10:30 AM.
The National Weather Service will also be activating the all-hazards weather radio system and Emergency Alert System (EAS) on local radio and television stations during the drill. In Des Moines County the outdoor warning sirens will also be activated.
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