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IAZ004>007-015>017-023>028-033>039-044>050-057>062-070>075-
081>086-092>097-280500-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
700 AM CDT FRI MAR 27 2015

...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA...

GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD...THE IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT DIVISION...AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...HAVE
DESIGNATED THE WEEK OF MARCH 23 TO MARCH 27 AS SEVERE WEATHER
AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA. EACH MORNING THIS WEEK...THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES WILL ISSUE A PUBLIC INFORMATION
STATEMENT FOCUSING ON A DIFFERENT ITEM EACH DAY. TOPICS THIS YEAR
INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING...

     MONDAY...FLASH FLOODING
     TUESDAY...WARNING RECEPTION
     WEDNESDAY...TORNADOES
     THURSDAY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
     FRIDAY...FAMILY PREPAREDNESS

ATTENTION MEDIA...IN ORDER FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK TO BE
EFFECTIVE...MEDIA COVERAGE IS CRITICAL. PLEASE USE THE INFORMATION
IN THE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS IN YOUR NEWS PROGRAMS TO HELP
PROMOTE SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY.  WE ALSO ENCOURAGE MEDIA INTERVIEWS.
PLEASE CONTACT JEFF ZOGG OR THE SENIOR METEOROLOGIST IF YOU ARE
INTERESTED.

YOU CAN FIND DETAILED SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION ON OUR
PREPAREDNESS PAGE! IT IS ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES
WEBSITE UNDER PREPAREDNESS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

THE TOPIC TODAY IS FAMILY PREPAREDNESS.

DISASTERS OF ALL KINDS DISRUPT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES EVERY
YEAR. EACH DISASTER HAS LASTING EFFECTS... BOTH TO PEOPLE AND
PROPERTY. IF A DISASTER OCCURS IN YOUR COMMUNITY...LOCAL GOVERNMENT
AND DISASTER-RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS WILL TRY TO HELP YOU...BUT YOU
NEED TO BE READY AS WELL. LOCAL RESPONDERS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO REACH
YOU IMMEDIATELY...OR THEY MAY NEED TO FOCUS THEIR EFFORTS ELSEWHERE.
BEING PREPARED FOR A DISASTER CAN REDUCE FEAR...ANXIETY...AND LOSSES
THAT ACCOMPANY DISASTERS. THERE ARE FIVE KEY ELEMENTS TO A DISASTER
PLAN:

1...LEARN ABOUT POSSIBLE DANGERS IN YOUR AREA AND BECOME FAMILIAR
WITH YOUR COMMUNITY/S DISASTER RESPONSE PLAN. COMMON DISASTERS IN
IOWA INCLUDE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS... TORNADOES AND FLOODING.

2...TALK TO YOUR FAMILY ABOUT WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF AN
EMERGENCY. PICK TWO LOCATIONS WHERE YOU WILL MEET - ONE CLOSE TO
YOUR HOME AND ANOTHER REMOVED FROM YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO BE USED IF
YOU ARE UNABLE TO RETURN TO YOUR RESIDENCE.

3...DEVELOP A CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS PLAN TO INSURE THAT YOUR FAMILY
WILL BE ABLE TO STAY IN CONTACT IF YOU ARE SEPARATED DURING A
DISASTER.

4...CREATE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KITS FOR YOUR HOME...OFFICE AND
CAR.

5...PRACTICE YOUR PLAN!

ASSEMBLE A DISASTER KIT

A DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT IS A COLLECTION OF BASIC ITEMS THAT MEMBERS
OF A HOUSEHOLD MAY NEED IN THE EVENT OF A DISASTER. AN EFFECTIVE
DISASTER KIT CONTAINS ENOUGH FOOD...WATER AND OTHER SUPPLIES FOR
EACH PERSON TO LAST THREE DAYS. HERE IS A BASIC LIST OF ITEMS TO
INCLUDE IN A KIT:

-FOOD AND WATER
-BATTERY OR HAND CRANK OPERATED RADIO
-FLASH LIGHT AND EXTRA BATTERIES
-FIRST AID SUPPLIES
-CLOTHING...SHOES AND BLANKETS
-WHISTLE
-CASH AND COINS
-PHOTOCOPIES OF IMPORTANT FAMILY DOCUMENTS SUCH AS ID`S AND CREDIT
CARDS
-BABY NEEDS
-SANITATION ITEMS SUCH AS HAND SANITIZER AND TOILET PAPER
-SPECIALTY ITEMS SUCH AS PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS AND EYEGLASSES
-GAMES TO PASS THE TIME

DEVELOP A FAMILY EVACUATION PLAN

EVACUATIONS ARE MORE COMMON THAN PEOPLE REALIZE. HUNDREDS OF TIMES
EACH YEAR...TRANSPORTATION AND INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS RELEASE HARMFUL
SUBSTANCES...FORCING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES. FIRE
AND FLOODS CAUSE EVACUATIONS EVEN MORE FREQUENTLY.

TIPS FOR A GOOD EVACUATION PLAN:
-PLAN ROUTES FROM YOUR RESIDENCE TO A SAFE LOCATION.
-PLAN FOR WHAT YOU WOULD NEED TO TAKE WITH YOU SHOULD YOU NEED TO
LEAVE YOUR HOME FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME.
-ENSURE ALL FAMILY MEMBERS KNOW WHERE TO GO SHOULD YOU BE SEPARATED.
-RADIO MESSAGES WILL INFORM YOU OF SPECIFIC ROUTES AND SHELTER AREAS
SHOULD A MAJOR INCIDENT OCCUR.

IF YOU SHOULD BE EVACUATED...IT IS IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW RECOMMENDED
EVACUATION ROUTES...DO NOT TAKE SHORTCUTS AS THEY MAY BE BLOCKED. BE
ALERT FOR WASHED-OUT ROADS AND BRIDGES AND DOWNED POWER LINES. IF
YOU HAVE TIME...BE SURE TO SECURE YOUR HOME BEFORE LEAVING AND LET
OTHERS KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING.

DON/T FORGET PETS

IF YOU ARE LIKE MILLIONS OF ANIMAL OWNERS NATIONWIDE...YOUR PET IS
AN IMPORTANT MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY...SO MAKE PLANS FOR YOUR PETS
TOO! FOR PUBLIC HEALTH REASONS...MOST SHELTERS DO NOT ACCEPT PETS.
PREPARE A LIST OF KENNELS...FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS WHO MAY BE
ABLE TO CARE FOR YOUR PET IN AN EMERGENCY. PACK AN EMERGENCY KIT FOR
YOUR PETS AS WELL. THE KIT SHOULD INCLUDE A SUPPLY OF PET
FOOD...WATER...MEDICATIONS...VETERINARY RECORDS AND ITEMS LIKE CAT
LITTER. MAKE SURE IDENTIFICATION TAGS ARE UP TO DATE AND SECURELY
FASTENED TO YOUR PET/S COLLAR. IT IS ALSO A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A
PHOTOGRAPH OF YOU AND YOUR PET AS THIS CAN ESTABLISH OWNERSHIP IF
YOUR PET IS LOST.

PREPARE YOUR HOME

THERE ARE NUMEROUS STEPS YOU CAN TAKE IN AND AROUND YOUR HOME TO
HELP LIMIT THE DAMAGE DONE BY SEVERE WEATHER. CONSIDER TAKING THE
FOLLOWING ACTIONS BEFORE SEVERE WEATHER BLOWS THROUGH TOWN:

FLOODING...

-ELEVATE THE FURNACE...WATER HEATER AND ELECTRIC PANEL IN YOUR HOME
IF YOU LIVE IN AN AREA THAT HAS A HIGH FLOOD RISK.
-CONSIDER INSTALLING SEWER BACKFLOW VALVES.
-ADD WATERPROOF VENEER TO EXTERIOR WALLS.

THUNDERSTORMS AND STRONG WINDS...

-REMOVE DEAD OR ROTTING TREE BRANCHES THAT COULD FALL AND CAUSE
INJURY OR DAMAGE.
-SECURE OUTDOOR OBJECTS THAT COULD BLOW AWAY OR CAUSE DAMAGE.
-SHUTTER WINDOWS AND SECURE OUTSIDE DOORS.

THIS CONCLUDES SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK 2015.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/DESMOINES

$$




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TTAA00 KDSM DDHHMM
IAZ004>007-015>017-023>028-033>039-044>050-057>062-070>075-
081>086-092>097-280500-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
700 AM CDT FRI MAR 27 2015

...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA...

GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD...THE IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT DIVISION...AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...HAVE
DESIGNATED THE WEEK OF MARCH 23 TO MARCH 27 AS SEVERE WEATHER
AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA. EACH MORNING THIS WEEK...THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES WILL ISSUE A PUBLIC INFORMATION
STATEMENT FOCUSING ON A DIFFERENT ITEM EACH DAY. TOPICS THIS YEAR
INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING...

     MONDAY...FLASH FLOODING
     TUESDAY...WARNING RECEPTION
     WEDNESDAY...TORNADOES
     THURSDAY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
     FRIDAY...FAMILY PREPAREDNESS

ATTENTION MEDIA...IN ORDER FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK TO BE
EFFECTIVE...MEDIA COVERAGE IS CRITICAL. PLEASE USE THE INFORMATION
IN THE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS IN YOUR NEWS PROGRAMS TO HELP
PROMOTE SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY.  WE ALSO ENCOURAGE MEDIA INTERVIEWS.
PLEASE CONTACT JEFF ZOGG OR THE SENIOR METEOROLOGIST IF YOU ARE
INTERESTED.

YOU CAN FIND DETAILED SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION ON OUR
PREPAREDNESS PAGE! IT IS ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES
WEBSITE UNDER PREPAREDNESS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

THE TOPIC TODAY IS FAMILY PREPAREDNESS.

DISASTERS OF ALL KINDS DISRUPT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES EVERY
YEAR. EACH DISASTER HAS LASTING EFFECTS... BOTH TO PEOPLE AND
PROPERTY. IF A DISASTER OCCURS IN YOUR COMMUNITY...LOCAL GOVERNMENT
AND DISASTER-RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS WILL TRY TO HELP YOU...BUT YOU
NEED TO BE READY AS WELL. LOCAL RESPONDERS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO REACH
YOU IMMEDIATELY...OR THEY MAY NEED TO FOCUS THEIR EFFORTS ELSEWHERE.
BEING PREPARED FOR A DISASTER CAN REDUCE FEAR...ANXIETY...AND LOSSES
THAT ACCOMPANY DISASTERS. THERE ARE FIVE KEY ELEMENTS TO A DISASTER
PLAN:

1...LEARN ABOUT POSSIBLE DANGERS IN YOUR AREA AND BECOME FAMILIAR
WITH YOUR COMMUNITY/S DISASTER RESPONSE PLAN. COMMON DISASTERS IN
IOWA INCLUDE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS... TORNADOES AND FLOODING.

2...TALK TO YOUR FAMILY ABOUT WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF AN
EMERGENCY. PICK TWO LOCATIONS WHERE YOU WILL MEET - ONE CLOSE TO
YOUR HOME AND ANOTHER REMOVED FROM YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO BE USED IF
YOU ARE UNABLE TO RETURN TO YOUR RESIDENCE.

3...DEVELOP A CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS PLAN TO INSURE THAT YOUR FAMILY
WILL BE ABLE TO STAY IN CONTACT IF YOU ARE SEPARATED DURING A
DISASTER.

4...CREATE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KITS FOR YOUR HOME...OFFICE AND
CAR.

5...PRACTICE YOUR PLAN!

ASSEMBLE A DISASTER KIT

A DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT IS A COLLECTION OF BASIC ITEMS THAT MEMBERS
OF A HOUSEHOLD MAY NEED IN THE EVENT OF A DISASTER. AN EFFECTIVE
DISASTER KIT CONTAINS ENOUGH FOOD...WATER AND OTHER SUPPLIES FOR
EACH PERSON TO LAST THREE DAYS. HERE IS A BASIC LIST OF ITEMS TO
INCLUDE IN A KIT:

-FOOD AND WATER
-BATTERY OR HAND CRANK OPERATED RADIO
-FLASH LIGHT AND EXTRA BATTERIES
-FIRST AID SUPPLIES
-CLOTHING...SHOES AND BLANKETS
-WHISTLE
-CASH AND COINS
-PHOTOCOPIES OF IMPORTANT FAMILY DOCUMENTS SUCH AS ID`S AND CREDIT
CARDS
-BABY NEEDS
-SANITATION ITEMS SUCH AS HAND SANITIZER AND TOILET PAPER
-SPECIALTY ITEMS SUCH AS PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS AND EYEGLASSES
-GAMES TO PASS THE TIME

DEVELOP A FAMILY EVACUATION PLAN

EVACUATIONS ARE MORE COMMON THAN PEOPLE REALIZE. HUNDREDS OF TIMES
EACH YEAR...TRANSPORTATION AND INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS RELEASE HARMFUL
SUBSTANCES...FORCING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES. FIRE
AND FLOODS CAUSE EVACUATIONS EVEN MORE FREQUENTLY.

TIPS FOR A GOOD EVACUATION PLAN:
-PLAN ROUTES FROM YOUR RESIDENCE TO A SAFE LOCATION.
-PLAN FOR WHAT YOU WOULD NEED TO TAKE WITH YOU SHOULD YOU NEED TO
LEAVE YOUR HOME FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME.
-ENSURE ALL FAMILY MEMBERS KNOW WHERE TO GO SHOULD YOU BE SEPARATED.
-RADIO MESSAGES WILL INFORM YOU OF SPECIFIC ROUTES AND SHELTER AREAS
SHOULD A MAJOR INCIDENT OCCUR.

IF YOU SHOULD BE EVACUATED...IT IS IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW RECOMMENDED
EVACUATION ROUTES...DO NOT TAKE SHORTCUTS AS THEY MAY BE BLOCKED. BE
ALERT FOR WASHED-OUT ROADS AND BRIDGES AND DOWNED POWER LINES. IF
YOU HAVE TIME...BE SURE TO SECURE YOUR HOME BEFORE LEAVING AND LET
OTHERS KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING.

DON/T FORGET PETS

IF YOU ARE LIKE MILLIONS OF ANIMAL OWNERS NATIONWIDE...YOUR PET IS
AN IMPORTANT MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY...SO MAKE PLANS FOR YOUR PETS
TOO! FOR PUBLIC HEALTH REASONS...MOST SHELTERS DO NOT ACCEPT PETS.
PREPARE A LIST OF KENNELS...FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS WHO MAY BE
ABLE TO CARE FOR YOUR PET IN AN EMERGENCY. PACK AN EMERGENCY KIT FOR
YOUR PETS AS WELL. THE KIT SHOULD INCLUDE A SUPPLY OF PET
FOOD...WATER...MEDICATIONS...VETERINARY RECORDS AND ITEMS LIKE CAT
LITTER. MAKE SURE IDENTIFICATION TAGS ARE UP TO DATE AND SECURELY
FASTENED TO YOUR PET/S COLLAR. IT IS ALSO A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A
PHOTOGRAPH OF YOU AND YOUR PET AS THIS CAN ESTABLISH OWNERSHIP IF
YOUR PET IS LOST.

PREPARE YOUR HOME

THERE ARE NUMEROUS STEPS YOU CAN TAKE IN AND AROUND YOUR HOME TO
HELP LIMIT THE DAMAGE DONE BY SEVERE WEATHER. CONSIDER TAKING THE
FOLLOWING ACTIONS BEFORE SEVERE WEATHER BLOWS THROUGH TOWN:

FLOODING...

-ELEVATE THE FURNACE...WATER HEATER AND ELECTRIC PANEL IN YOUR HOME
IF YOU LIVE IN AN AREA THAT HAS A HIGH FLOOD RISK.
-CONSIDER INSTALLING SEWER BACKFLOW VALVES.
-ADD WATERPROOF VENEER TO EXTERIOR WALLS.

THUNDERSTORMS AND STRONG WINDS...

-REMOVE DEAD OR ROTTING TREE BRANCHES THAT COULD FALL AND CAUSE
INJURY OR DAMAGE.
-SECURE OUTDOOR OBJECTS THAT COULD BLOW AWAY OR CAUSE DAMAGE.
-SHUTTER WINDOWS AND SECURE OUTSIDE DOORS.

THIS CONCLUDES SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK 2015.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/DESMOINES

$$





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ZCZC DSMWRKPNS 261318
TTAA00 KDSM DDHHMM
IAZ004>007-015>017-023>028-033>039-044>050-057>062-070>075-
081>086-092>097-280500-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
700 AM CDT FRI MAR 27 2015

...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA...

GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD...THE IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT DIVISION...AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...HAVE
DESIGNATED THE WEEK OF MARCH 23 TO MARCH 27 AS SEVERE WEATHER
AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA. EACH MORNING THIS WEEK...THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES WILL ISSUE A PUBLIC INFORMATION
STATEMENT FOCUSING ON A DIFFERENT ITEM EACH DAY. TOPICS THIS YEAR
INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING...

     MONDAY...FLASH FLOODING
     TUESDAY...WARNING RECEPTION
     WEDNESDAY...TORNADOES
     THURSDAY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
     FRIDAY...FAMILY PREPAREDNESS

ATTENTION MEDIA...IN ORDER FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK TO BE
EFFECTIVE...MEDIA COVERAGE IS CRITICAL. PLEASE USE THE INFORMATION
IN THE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS IN YOUR NEWS PROGRAMS TO HELP
PROMOTE SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY.  WE ALSO ENCOURAGE MEDIA INTERVIEWS.
PLEASE CONTACT JEFF ZOGG OR THE SENIOR METEOROLOGIST IF YOU ARE
INTERESTED.

YOU CAN FIND DETAILED SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION ON OUR
PREPAREDNESS PAGE! IT IS ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES
WEBSITE UNDER PREPAREDNESS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

THE TOPIC TODAY IS FAMILY PREPAREDNESS.

DISASTERS OF ALL KINDS DISRUPT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES EVERY
YEAR. EACH DISASTER HAS LASTING EFFECTS... BOTH TO PEOPLE AND
PROPERTY. IF A DISASTER OCCURS IN YOUR COMMUNITY...LOCAL GOVERNMENT
AND DISASTER-RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS WILL TRY TO HELP YOU...BUT YOU
NEED TO BE READY AS WELL. LOCAL RESPONDERS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO REACH
YOU IMMEDIATELY...OR THEY MAY NEED TO FOCUS THEIR EFFORTS ELSEWHERE.
BEING PREPARED FOR A DISASTER CAN REDUCE FEAR...ANXIETY...AND LOSSES
THAT ACCOMPANY DISASTERS. THERE ARE FIVE KEY ELEMENTS TO A DISASTER
PLAN:

1...LEARN ABOUT POSSIBLE DANGERS IN YOUR AREA AND BECOME FAMILIAR
WITH YOUR COMMUNITY/S DISASTER RESPONSE PLAN. COMMON DISASTERS IN
IOWA INCLUDE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS... TORNADOES AND FLOODING.

2...TALK TO YOUR FAMILY ABOUT WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF AN
EMERGENCY. PICK TWO LOCATIONS WHERE YOU WILL MEET - ONE CLOSE TO
YOUR HOME AND ANOTHER REMOVED FROM YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO BE USED IF
YOU ARE UNABLE TO RETURN TO YOUR RESIDENCE.

3...DEVELOP A CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS PLAN TO INSURE THAT YOUR FAMILY
WILL BE ABLE TO STAY IN CONTACT IF YOU ARE SEPARATED DURING A
DISASTER.

4...CREATE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KITS FOR YOUR HOME...OFFICE AND
CAR.

5...PRACTICE YOUR PLAN!

ASSEMBLE A DISASTER KIT

A DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT IS A COLLECTION OF BASIC ITEMS THAT MEMBERS
OF A HOUSEHOLD MAY NEED IN THE EVENT OF A DISASTER. AN EFFECTIVE
DISASTER KIT CONTAINS ENOUGH FOOD...WATER AND OTHER SUPPLIES FOR
EACH PERSON TO LAST THREE DAYS. HERE IS A BASIC LIST OF ITEMS TO
INCLUDE IN A KIT:

-FOOD AND WATER
-BATTERY OR HAND CRANK OPERATED RADIO
-FLASH LIGHT AND EXTRA BATTERIES
-FIRST AID SUPPLIES
-CLOTHING...SHOES AND BLANKETS
-WHISTLE
-CASH AND COINS
-PHOTOCOPIES OF IMPORTANT FAMILY DOCUMENTS SUCH AS ID`S AND CREDIT
CARDS
-BABY NEEDS
-SANITATION ITEMS SUCH AS HAND SANITIZER AND TOILET PAPER
-SPECIALTY ITEMS SUCH AS PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS AND EYEGLASSES
-GAMES TO PASS THE TIME

DEVELOP A FAMILY EVACUATION PLAN

EVACUATIONS ARE MORE COMMON THAN PEOPLE REALIZE. HUNDREDS OF TIMES
EACH YEAR...TRANSPORTATION AND INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS RELEASE HARMFUL
SUBSTANCES...FORCING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES. FIRE
AND FLOODS CAUSE EVACUATIONS EVEN MORE FREQUENTLY.

TIPS FOR A GOOD EVACUATION PLAN:
-PLAN ROUTES FROM YOUR RESIDENCE TO A SAFE LOCATION.
-PLAN FOR WHAT YOU WOULD NEED TO TAKE WITH YOU SHOULD YOU NEED TO
LEAVE YOUR HOME FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME.
-ENSURE ALL FAMILY MEMBERS KNOW WHERE TO GO SHOULD YOU BE SEPARATED.
-RADIO MESSAGES WILL INFORM YOU OF SPECIFIC ROUTES AND SHELTER AREAS
SHOULD A MAJOR INCIDENT OCCUR.

IF YOU SHOULD BE EVACUATED...IT IS IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW RECOMMENDED
EVACUATION ROUTES...DO NOT TAKE SHORTCUTS AS THEY MAY BE BLOCKED. BE
ALERT FOR WASHED-OUT ROADS AND BRIDGES AND DOWNED POWER LINES. IF
YOU HAVE TIME...BE SURE TO SECURE YOUR HOME BEFORE LEAVING AND LET
OTHERS KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING.

DON/T FORGET PETS

IF YOU ARE LIKE MILLIONS OF ANIMAL OWNERS NATIONWIDE...YOUR PET IS
AN IMPORTANT MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY...SO MAKE PLANS FOR YOUR PETS
TOO! FOR PUBLIC HEALTH REASONS...MOST SHELTERS DO NOT ACCEPT PETS.
PREPARE A LIST OF KENNELS...FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS WHO MAY BE
ABLE TO CARE FOR YOUR PET IN AN EMERGENCY. PACK AN EMERGENCY KIT FOR
YOUR PETS AS WELL. THE KIT SHOULD INCLUDE A SUPPLY OF PET
FOOD...WATER...MEDICATIONS...VETERINARY RECORDS AND ITEMS LIKE CAT
LITTER. MAKE SURE IDENTIFICATION TAGS ARE UP TO DATE AND SECURELY
FASTENED TO YOUR PET/S COLLAR. IT IS ALSO A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A
PHOTOGRAPH OF YOU AND YOUR PET AS THIS CAN ESTABLISH OWNERSHIP IF
YOUR PET IS LOST.

PREPARE YOUR HOME

THERE ARE NUMEROUS STEPS YOU CAN TAKE IN AND AROUND YOUR HOME TO
HELP LIMIT THE DAMAGE DONE BY SEVERE WEATHER. CONSIDER TAKING THE
FOLLOWING ACTIONS BEFORE SEVERE WEATHER BLOWS THROUGH TOWN:

FLOODING...

-ELEVATE THE FURNACE...WATER HEATER AND ELECTRIC PANEL IN YOUR HOME
IF YOU LIVE IN AN AREA THAT HAS A HIGH FLOOD RISK.
-CONSIDER INSTALLING SEWER BACKFLOW VALVES.
-ADD WATERPROOF VENEER TO EXTERIOR WALLS.

THUNDERSTORMS AND STRONG WINDS...

-REMOVE DEAD OR ROTTING TREE BRANCHES THAT COULD FALL AND CAUSE
INJURY OR DAMAGE.
-SECURE OUTDOOR OBJECTS THAT COULD BLOW AWAY OR CAUSE DAMAGE.
-SHUTTER WINDOWS AND SECURE OUTSIDE DOORS.

THIS CONCLUDES SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK 2015.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/DESMOINES

$$




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IAZ004>007-015>017-023>028-033>039-044>050-057>062-070>075-
081>086-092>097-270500-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
639 AM CDT THU MAR 26 2015

...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA...

GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD...THE IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY AND
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION...AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE...HAVE DESIGNATED THE WEEK OF MARCH 23 TO MARCH 27 AS
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA. EACH MORNING THIS
WEEK...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES WILL ISSUE A
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT FOCUSING ON A DIFFERENT ITEM EACH
DAY. TOPICS THIS YEAR INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING...

     MONDAY...FLASH FLOODING
     TUESDAY...WARNING RECEPTION
     WEDNESDAY...TORNADOES
     THURSDAY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
     FRIDAY...FAMILY PREPAREDNESS

ATTENTION MEDIA...IN ORDER FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK TO
BE EFFECTIVE...MEDIA COVERAGE IS CRITICAL. PLEASE USE THE
INFORMATION IN THE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS IN YOUR NEWS
PROGRAMS TO HELP PROMOTE SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY. WE ALSO ENCOURAGE
MEDIA INTERVIEWS. PLEASE CONTACT JEFF ZOGG OR THE SENIOR
METEOROLOGIST IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

YOU CAN FIND DETAILED SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION ON
OUR PREPAREDNESS PAGE. IT IS ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES
MOINES WEBSITE UNDER PREPAREDNESS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

THE TOPIC TODAY IS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.

THUNDERSTORMS ARE A COMMON OCCURRENCE EACH SPRING AND SUMMER
ACROSS THE MIDWEST. EACH YEAR...IOWA SEES HUNDREDS OF SEVERE AND
NON-SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. THUNDERSTORMS CAN BE EXTREMELY
DANGEROUS...AND MAY BRING DEADLY TORNADOES AND
LIGHTNING...DAMAGING HIGH WINDS AND HAIL...AND CAN LEAD TO FLASH
FLOODING.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS
FOR THUNDERSTORMS THAT ARE PRODUCING...OR ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
WINDS OF AT LEAST 58 MPH AND/OR HAIL OF AT LEAST 1 INCH IN
DIAMETER. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MAY BE MUCH STRONGER THAN THE
MINIMUM CRITERIA.

ONE OF THE DANGERS OF THUNDERSTORMS IS LIGHTNING. LIGHTNING
CAUSES AN AVERAGE OF BETWEEN 55 AND 60 FATALITIES EACH YEAR.
LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE FROM AS FAR AS 10 MILES AWAY FROM AN AREA OF
RAIN...WHICH IS ABOUT THE DISTANCE YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...SO IT
IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE
SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE DANGERS OF LIGHTNING. WHEN THUNDER ROARS...GO
INDOORS.

OTHER THUNDERSTORM THREATS INCLUDE LARGE HAIL AND WIND. HAIL
CAUSES MORE THAN 1 BILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE TO PROPERTY AND CROPS
EACH YEAR ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. LARGE HAIL STONES CAN FALL AT
SPEEDS FASTER THAN 100 MPH. STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS CAN CAUSE DAMAGE
EQUIVALENT TO A STRONG TORNADO. STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS CAN SOMETIMES
EXCEED 125 MPH...THE STRENGTH OF A CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE.

BEFORE A THUNDERSTORM THREATENS...KNOW THE COUNTY IN WHICH YOU
LIVE AND THE NAMES OF NEARBY MAJOR CITIES...AND LISTEN FOR THIS
INFORMATION IN SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS. CHECK THE WEATHER
FORECAST BEFORE LEAVING TO BE OUTDOORS FOR EXTENDED PERIODS. KEEP
A NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR AM/FM RADIO WITH A BATTERY BACKUP WITH
YOU.

TO STAY SAFE WHEN A THUNDERSTORM APPROACHES...MOVE TO A STURDY
BUILDING. DO NOT TAKE SHELTER IN SMALL SHED...UNDER ISOLATED
TREES...OR IN CONVERTIBLE AUTOMOBILES. IF LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING
AND A STURDY SHELTER IS NOT AVAILABLE...GET INSIDE A HARD TOP
AUTOMOBILE AND KEEP THE WINDOWS UP. GET OUT OF BOATS AND AWAY FROM
WATER. DO NOT TAKE BATHS OR SHOWERS AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/DESMOINES

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NOUS43 KDMX 261139
PNSDMX
IAZ004>007-015>017-023>028-033>039-044>050-057>062-070>075-
081>086-092>097-270500-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
639 AM CDT THU MAR 26 2015

...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA...

GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD...THE IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY AND
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION...AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE...HAVE DESIGNATED THE WEEK OF MARCH 23 TO MARCH 27 AS
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA. EACH MORNING THIS
WEEK...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES WILL ISSUE A
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT FOCUSING ON A DIFFERENT ITEM EACH
DAY. TOPICS THIS YEAR INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING...

     MONDAY...FLASH FLOODING
     TUESDAY...WARNING RECEPTION
     WEDNESDAY...TORNADOES
     THURSDAY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
     FRIDAY...FAMILY PREPAREDNESS

ATTENTION MEDIA...IN ORDER FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK TO
BE EFFECTIVE...MEDIA COVERAGE IS CRITICAL. PLEASE USE THE
INFORMATION IN THE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS IN YOUR NEWS
PROGRAMS TO HELP PROMOTE SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY. WE ALSO ENCOURAGE
MEDIA INTERVIEWS. PLEASE CONTACT JEFF ZOGG OR THE SENIOR
METEOROLOGIST IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

YOU CAN FIND DETAILED SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION ON
OUR PREPAREDNESS PAGE. IT IS ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES
MOINES WEBSITE UNDER PREPAREDNESS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

THE TOPIC TODAY IS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.

THUNDERSTORMS ARE A COMMON OCCURRENCE EACH SPRING AND SUMMER
ACROSS THE MIDWEST. EACH YEAR...IOWA SEES HUNDREDS OF SEVERE AND
NON-SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. THUNDERSTORMS CAN BE EXTREMELY
DANGEROUS...AND MAY BRING DEADLY TORNADOES AND
LIGHTNING...DAMAGING HIGH WINDS AND HAIL...AND CAN LEAD TO FLASH
FLOODING.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS
FOR THUNDERSTORMS THAT ARE PRODUCING...OR ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
WINDS OF AT LEAST 58 MPH AND/OR HAIL OF AT LEAST 1 INCH IN
DIAMETER. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MAY BE MUCH STRONGER THAN THE
MINIMUM CRITERIA.

ONE OF THE DANGERS OF THUNDERSTORMS IS LIGHTNING. LIGHTNING
CAUSES AN AVERAGE OF BETWEEN 55 AND 60 FATALITIES EACH YEAR.
LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE FROM AS FAR AS 10 MILES AWAY FROM AN AREA OF
RAIN...WHICH IS ABOUT THE DISTANCE YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...SO IT
IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE
SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE DANGERS OF LIGHTNING. WHEN THUNDER ROARS...GO
INDOORS.

OTHER THUNDERSTORM THREATS INCLUDE LARGE HAIL AND WIND. HAIL
CAUSES MORE THAN 1 BILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE TO PROPERTY AND CROPS
EACH YEAR ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. LARGE HAIL STONES CAN FALL AT
SPEEDS FASTER THAN 100 MPH. STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS CAN CAUSE DAMAGE
EQUIVALENT TO A STRONG TORNADO. STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS CAN SOMETIMES
EXCEED 125 MPH...THE STRENGTH OF A CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE.

BEFORE A THUNDERSTORM THREATENS...KNOW THE COUNTY IN WHICH YOU
LIVE AND THE NAMES OF NEARBY MAJOR CITIES...AND LISTEN FOR THIS
INFORMATION IN SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS. CHECK THE WEATHER
FORECAST BEFORE LEAVING TO BE OUTDOORS FOR EXTENDED PERIODS. KEEP
A NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR AM/FM RADIO WITH A BATTERY BACKUP WITH
YOU.

TO STAY SAFE WHEN A THUNDERSTORM APPROACHES...MOVE TO A STURDY
BUILDING. DO NOT TAKE SHELTER IN SMALL SHED...UNDER ISOLATED
TREES...OR IN CONVERTIBLE AUTOMOBILES. IF LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING
AND A STURDY SHELTER IS NOT AVAILABLE...GET INSIDE A HARD TOP
AUTOMOBILE AND KEEP THE WINDOWS UP. GET OUT OF BOATS AND AWAY FROM
WATER. DO NOT TAKE BATHS OR SHOWERS AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/DESMOINES

$$





000
NOUS43 KDMX 261139
PNSDMX
IAZ004>007-015>017-023>028-033>039-044>050-057>062-070>075-
081>086-092>097-270500-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
639 AM CDT THU MAR 26 2015

...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA...

GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD...THE IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY AND
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION...AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE...HAVE DESIGNATED THE WEEK OF MARCH 23 TO MARCH 27 AS
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA. EACH MORNING THIS
WEEK...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES WILL ISSUE A
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT FOCUSING ON A DIFFERENT ITEM EACH
DAY. TOPICS THIS YEAR INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING...

     MONDAY...FLASH FLOODING
     TUESDAY...WARNING RECEPTION
     WEDNESDAY...TORNADOES
     THURSDAY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
     FRIDAY...FAMILY PREPAREDNESS

ATTENTION MEDIA...IN ORDER FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK TO
BE EFFECTIVE...MEDIA COVERAGE IS CRITICAL. PLEASE USE THE
INFORMATION IN THE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS IN YOUR NEWS
PROGRAMS TO HELP PROMOTE SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY. WE ALSO ENCOURAGE
MEDIA INTERVIEWS. PLEASE CONTACT JEFF ZOGG OR THE SENIOR
METEOROLOGIST IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

YOU CAN FIND DETAILED SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION ON
OUR PREPAREDNESS PAGE. IT IS ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES
MOINES WEBSITE UNDER PREPAREDNESS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

THE TOPIC TODAY IS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.

THUNDERSTORMS ARE A COMMON OCCURRENCE EACH SPRING AND SUMMER
ACROSS THE MIDWEST. EACH YEAR...IOWA SEES HUNDREDS OF SEVERE AND
NON-SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. THUNDERSTORMS CAN BE EXTREMELY
DANGEROUS...AND MAY BRING DEADLY TORNADOES AND
LIGHTNING...DAMAGING HIGH WINDS AND HAIL...AND CAN LEAD TO FLASH
FLOODING.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS
FOR THUNDERSTORMS THAT ARE PRODUCING...OR ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
WINDS OF AT LEAST 58 MPH AND/OR HAIL OF AT LEAST 1 INCH IN
DIAMETER. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MAY BE MUCH STRONGER THAN THE
MINIMUM CRITERIA.

ONE OF THE DANGERS OF THUNDERSTORMS IS LIGHTNING. LIGHTNING
CAUSES AN AVERAGE OF BETWEEN 55 AND 60 FATALITIES EACH YEAR.
LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE FROM AS FAR AS 10 MILES AWAY FROM AN AREA OF
RAIN...WHICH IS ABOUT THE DISTANCE YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...SO IT
IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE
SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE DANGERS OF LIGHTNING. WHEN THUNDER ROARS...GO
INDOORS.

OTHER THUNDERSTORM THREATS INCLUDE LARGE HAIL AND WIND. HAIL
CAUSES MORE THAN 1 BILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE TO PROPERTY AND CROPS
EACH YEAR ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. LARGE HAIL STONES CAN FALL AT
SPEEDS FASTER THAN 100 MPH. STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS CAN CAUSE DAMAGE
EQUIVALENT TO A STRONG TORNADO. STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS CAN SOMETIMES
EXCEED 125 MPH...THE STRENGTH OF A CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE.

BEFORE A THUNDERSTORM THREATENS...KNOW THE COUNTY IN WHICH YOU
LIVE AND THE NAMES OF NEARBY MAJOR CITIES...AND LISTEN FOR THIS
INFORMATION IN SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS. CHECK THE WEATHER
FORECAST BEFORE LEAVING TO BE OUTDOORS FOR EXTENDED PERIODS. KEEP
A NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR AM/FM RADIO WITH A BATTERY BACKUP WITH
YOU.

TO STAY SAFE WHEN A THUNDERSTORM APPROACHES...MOVE TO A STURDY
BUILDING. DO NOT TAKE SHELTER IN SMALL SHED...UNDER ISOLATED
TREES...OR IN CONVERTIBLE AUTOMOBILES. IF LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING
AND A STURDY SHELTER IS NOT AVAILABLE...GET INSIDE A HARD TOP
AUTOMOBILE AND KEEP THE WINDOWS UP. GET OUT OF BOATS AND AWAY FROM
WATER. DO NOT TAKE BATHS OR SHOWERS AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/DESMOINES

$$





000
NOUS43 KDMX 261139
PNSDMX
IAZ004>007-015>017-023>028-033>039-044>050-057>062-070>075-
081>086-092>097-270500-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
639 AM CDT THU MAR 26 2015

...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA...

GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD...THE IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY AND
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION...AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE...HAVE DESIGNATED THE WEEK OF MARCH 23 TO MARCH 27 AS
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA. EACH MORNING THIS
WEEK...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES WILL ISSUE A
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT FOCUSING ON A DIFFERENT ITEM EACH
DAY. TOPICS THIS YEAR INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING...

     MONDAY...FLASH FLOODING
     TUESDAY...WARNING RECEPTION
     WEDNESDAY...TORNADOES
     THURSDAY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
     FRIDAY...FAMILY PREPAREDNESS

ATTENTION MEDIA...IN ORDER FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK TO
BE EFFECTIVE...MEDIA COVERAGE IS CRITICAL. PLEASE USE THE
INFORMATION IN THE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS IN YOUR NEWS
PROGRAMS TO HELP PROMOTE SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY. WE ALSO ENCOURAGE
MEDIA INTERVIEWS. PLEASE CONTACT JEFF ZOGG OR THE SENIOR
METEOROLOGIST IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

YOU CAN FIND DETAILED SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION ON
OUR PREPAREDNESS PAGE. IT IS ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES
MOINES WEBSITE UNDER PREPAREDNESS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

THE TOPIC TODAY IS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.

THUNDERSTORMS ARE A COMMON OCCURRENCE EACH SPRING AND SUMMER
ACROSS THE MIDWEST. EACH YEAR...IOWA SEES HUNDREDS OF SEVERE AND
NON-SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. THUNDERSTORMS CAN BE EXTREMELY
DANGEROUS...AND MAY BRING DEADLY TORNADOES AND
LIGHTNING...DAMAGING HIGH WINDS AND HAIL...AND CAN LEAD TO FLASH
FLOODING.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS
FOR THUNDERSTORMS THAT ARE PRODUCING...OR ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
WINDS OF AT LEAST 58 MPH AND/OR HAIL OF AT LEAST 1 INCH IN
DIAMETER. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MAY BE MUCH STRONGER THAN THE
MINIMUM CRITERIA.

ONE OF THE DANGERS OF THUNDERSTORMS IS LIGHTNING. LIGHTNING
CAUSES AN AVERAGE OF BETWEEN 55 AND 60 FATALITIES EACH YEAR.
LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE FROM AS FAR AS 10 MILES AWAY FROM AN AREA OF
RAIN...WHICH IS ABOUT THE DISTANCE YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...SO IT
IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE
SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE DANGERS OF LIGHTNING. WHEN THUNDER ROARS...GO
INDOORS.

OTHER THUNDERSTORM THREATS INCLUDE LARGE HAIL AND WIND. HAIL
CAUSES MORE THAN 1 BILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE TO PROPERTY AND CROPS
EACH YEAR ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. LARGE HAIL STONES CAN FALL AT
SPEEDS FASTER THAN 100 MPH. STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS CAN CAUSE DAMAGE
EQUIVALENT TO A STRONG TORNADO. STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS CAN SOMETIMES
EXCEED 125 MPH...THE STRENGTH OF A CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE.

BEFORE A THUNDERSTORM THREATENS...KNOW THE COUNTY IN WHICH YOU
LIVE AND THE NAMES OF NEARBY MAJOR CITIES...AND LISTEN FOR THIS
INFORMATION IN SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS. CHECK THE WEATHER
FORECAST BEFORE LEAVING TO BE OUTDOORS FOR EXTENDED PERIODS. KEEP
A NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR AM/FM RADIO WITH A BATTERY BACKUP WITH
YOU.

TO STAY SAFE WHEN A THUNDERSTORM APPROACHES...MOVE TO A STURDY
BUILDING. DO NOT TAKE SHELTER IN SMALL SHED...UNDER ISOLATED
TREES...OR IN CONVERTIBLE AUTOMOBILES. IF LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING
AND A STURDY SHELTER IS NOT AVAILABLE...GET INSIDE A HARD TOP
AUTOMOBILE AND KEEP THE WINDOWS UP. GET OUT OF BOATS AND AWAY FROM
WATER. DO NOT TAKE BATHS OR SHOWERS AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/DESMOINES

$$




000
NOUS43 KDMX 251159
PNSDMX
IAZ004>007-015>017-023>028-033>039-044>050-057>062-070>075-
081>086-092>097-260500-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
659 AM CDT WED MAR 25 2015

...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA...

GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD...THE IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY AND
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION...AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE...HAVE DESIGNATED THE WEEK OF MARCH 23 TO MARCH 27 AS
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA. EACH DAY THIS WEEK...THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES BE FOCUSING ON A DIFFERENT
ITEM. TOPICS THIS YEAR INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING...

     MONDAY...FLASH FLOODING
     TUESDAY...WARNING RECEPTION
     WEDNESDAY...TORNADOES
     THURSDAY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
     FRIDAY...FAMILY PREPAREDNESS

ATTENTION MEDIA...IN ORDER FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK TO
BE EFFECTIVE...MEDIA COVERAGE IS CRITICAL. PLEASE USE THE
INFORMATION IN THE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS IN YOUR NEWS
PROGRAMS TO HELP PROMOTE SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY. WE ALSO ENCOURAGE
MEDIA INTERVIEWS. PLEASE CONTACT JEFF ZOGG OR SENIOR METEOROLOGIST
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

YOU CAN FIND DETAILED SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION ON
OUR PREPAREDNESS PAGE. IT IS ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES
MOINES WEBSITE UNDER PREPAREDNESS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

THE TOPIC TODAY IS TORNADOES.

THE COMBINED IOWA AND NEBRASKA TORNADO DRILL WILL BE CONDUCTED
THIS MORNING. HERE IS WHAT TO EXPECT...

10:00 A.M. CDT STORM PREDICTION CENTER ISSUES TEST TORNADO WATCH
FOR ALL OF IOWA AND NEBRASKA VALID UNTIL 11:00 A.M.

10:10 A.M. CDT WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES (WFO) IN SIOUX FALLS AND
OMAHA ISSUE A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR THEIR IOWA AND NEBRASKA
COUNTIES.

10:15 A.M. CDT WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES (WFO) IN DES MOINES AND
QUAD CITIES ISSUES A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR THEIR IOWA COUNTIES.

10:20 A.M. CDT WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE (WFO) IN LA CROSSE ISSUES
A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR THEIR IOWA COUNTIES.

10:30 A.M. UNTIL 10:45 A.M. ALL PARTICIPATING IOWA WEATHER
FORECAST OFFICES ISSUE A SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT TERMINATING THE
TEST.

A TORNADO IS A RAPIDLY ROTATING COLUMN OF AIR IN CONTACT WITH THE
GROUND. A VISIBLE CLOUD IS NOT NEEDED FOR A TORNADO TO BE IN
PROGRESS. SOME TORNADOES MAY NOT APPEAR TO EXTEND TO THE GROUND
BUT ARE CAUSING CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE. TORNADOES TAKE ON VARIOUS
SHAPES AND SIZES...AND MOST PRODUCE WINDS OF LESS THAN 120 MPH.
HOWEVER...A FEW ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WINDS OVER 300 MPH. SOME
ARE VERY SMALL AND LAST FOR A FEW MINUTES...WHILE OTHERS CAN BE
ON THE GROUND FOR OVER AN HOUR...TRAVEL FOR MANY MILES...AND
POTENTIALLY REACH OVER A MILE IN WIDTH.

WHAT TO LISTEN FOR...
A TORNADO WATCH IS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WHEN
CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TORNADOES IN AND
CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. WATCHES ARE GENERALLY ISSUED FOR THE
DURATION OF 4-8 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE ACTUAL OCCURRENCE OF
SEVERE WEATHER. DURING THE WATCH...PEOPLE SHOULD BE PREPARED TO
MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY IF THREATENING WEATHER APPROACHES.

A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WHEN
A TORNADO IS INDICATED BY RADAR OR SIGHTED BY SPOTTERS. PEOPLE IN
THE AFFECTED AREA SHOULD SEEK SAFE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

TORNADO EMERGENCY...
A TORNADO EMERGENCY MEANS THAT SIGNIFICANT...WIDESPREAD DAMAGE
WITH A HIGH LIKELIHOOD OF NUMEROUS FATALITIES IS EXPECTED TO
OCCUR OR CONTINUE WITH A STRONG AND VIOLENT TORNADO. A TORNADO
EMERGENCY IS NOT A NEW WARNING PRODUCT...BUT A NEW...VISIBLE AND
HIGH IMPACT CALL-TO-ACTION. THE CORRESPONDING DAMAGE TAG FOR A
TORNADO EMERGENCY IS TORNADO DAMAGE THREAT...CATASTROPHIC. FOR
MORE ABOUT IMPACT BASED WARNINGS...VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT...
WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/CRH/?N=2013_IBW_INFO (LOWER CASE)

TO BE READY FOR A TORNADO...HAVE A NOAA WEATHER RADIO WITH A
WARNING ALARM TONE AND BATTERY BACKUP. MAKE SURE YOUR FAMILY AND
PEOPLE IN YOUR WORKPLACE ARE FAMILIAR WITH SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND
THE LOCATION OF A SAFE SHELTER. REVIEW YOUR TORNADO SHELTER PLANS
AND PRACTICE THEM.

IF YOU ARE IN A HOME OR OTHER BUILDING WHEN A TORNADO
STRIKES...MOVE UNDERNEATH A TABLE...WORKBENCH...OR STAIRCASE.
STAY AWAY FROM CORNERS OF THE ROOM BECAUSE DEBRIS IS USUALLY
DISPLACED INTO THOSE AREAS. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

MOBILE HOMES...EVEN IF TIED DOWN...OFFER LITTLE PROTECTION FROM
TORNADOES AND SHOULD BE ABANDONED. IF AN UNDERGROUND SHELTER IS
NOT AVAILABLE...MOVE TO THE LOWEST...MOST INTERIOR ROOM
AVAILABLE IN ANY NEARBY PERMANENT STRUCTURE.

SAFE PLACES IN AN OFFICE BUILDING...SHOPPING MALL...OR SCHOOL
INCLUDE INTERIOR HALLWAYS AND BATHROOMS. CROUCH ON THE GROUND
FLOOR AGAINST A WALL...COVERING YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS. LEAVE
WIDE OPEN ROOMS LIKE GYMS...AUDITORIUMS...OR COMMON AREAS OF
SHOPPING MALLS AS THEY ARE UNSAFE.

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUT IN THE OPEN OR IN A VEHICLE...NEVER TRY TO
OUTRUN A TORNADO...ESPECIALLY IF IT IS NEARBY. TORNADOES CAN MOVE
AT SPEEDS OF OVER 50 MPH AND CHANGE DIRECTIONS QUICKLY.

MANY PEOPLE MISTAKENLY THINK THAT HIGHWAY OVERPASSES PROVIDE
SAFETY FROM A TORNADO. IN REALITY...AN OVERPASS MAY BE ONE OF THE
WORST PLACES TO SEEK SHELTER FROM A TORNADO. SEEKING SHELTER UNDER
AND OVERPASS PUTS YOU AT GREATER RISK OF BEING KILLED OR INJURED
BY FLYING DEBRIS.

TORNADIC WINDS CAN MAKE THE MOST BENIGN ITEM INTO A DANGEROUS
MISSILE. IN ADDITION TO THE DEBRIS THAT CAN INJURE YOU...THE WINDS
UNDER AN OVERPASS ARE CHANNELED AND COULD EASILY BLOW YOU OR CARRY
YOU OUT FROM UNDER THE OVERPASS.

$$




000
NOUS43 KDMX 251159
PNSDMX
IAZ004>007-015>017-023>028-033>039-044>050-057>062-070>075-
081>086-092>097-260500-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
659 AM CDT WED MAR 25 2015

...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA...

GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD...THE IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY AND
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION...AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE...HAVE DESIGNATED THE WEEK OF MARCH 23 TO MARCH 27 AS
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA. EACH DAY THIS WEEK...THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES BE FOCUSING ON A DIFFERENT
ITEM. TOPICS THIS YEAR INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING...

     MONDAY...FLASH FLOODING
     TUESDAY...WARNING RECEPTION
     WEDNESDAY...TORNADOES
     THURSDAY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
     FRIDAY...FAMILY PREPAREDNESS

ATTENTION MEDIA...IN ORDER FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK TO
BE EFFECTIVE...MEDIA COVERAGE IS CRITICAL. PLEASE USE THE
INFORMATION IN THE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS IN YOUR NEWS
PROGRAMS TO HELP PROMOTE SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY. WE ALSO ENCOURAGE
MEDIA INTERVIEWS. PLEASE CONTACT JEFF ZOGG OR SENIOR METEOROLOGIST
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

YOU CAN FIND DETAILED SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION ON
OUR PREPAREDNESS PAGE. IT IS ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES
MOINES WEBSITE UNDER PREPAREDNESS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

THE TOPIC TODAY IS TORNADOES.

THE COMBINED IOWA AND NEBRASKA TORNADO DRILL WILL BE CONDUCTED
THIS MORNING. HERE IS WHAT TO EXPECT...

10:00 A.M. CDT STORM PREDICTION CENTER ISSUES TEST TORNADO WATCH
FOR ALL OF IOWA AND NEBRASKA VALID UNTIL 11:00 A.M.

10:10 A.M. CDT WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES (WFO) IN SIOUX FALLS AND
OMAHA ISSUE A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR THEIR IOWA AND NEBRASKA
COUNTIES.

10:15 A.M. CDT WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES (WFO) IN DES MOINES AND
QUAD CITIES ISSUES A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR THEIR IOWA COUNTIES.

10:20 A.M. CDT WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE (WFO) IN LA CROSSE ISSUES
A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR THEIR IOWA COUNTIES.

10:30 A.M. UNTIL 10:45 A.M. ALL PARTICIPATING IOWA WEATHER
FORECAST OFFICES ISSUE A SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT TERMINATING THE
TEST.

A TORNADO IS A RAPIDLY ROTATING COLUMN OF AIR IN CONTACT WITH THE
GROUND. A VISIBLE CLOUD IS NOT NEEDED FOR A TORNADO TO BE IN
PROGRESS. SOME TORNADOES MAY NOT APPEAR TO EXTEND TO THE GROUND
BUT ARE CAUSING CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE. TORNADOES TAKE ON VARIOUS
SHAPES AND SIZES...AND MOST PRODUCE WINDS OF LESS THAN 120 MPH.
HOWEVER...A FEW ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WINDS OVER 300 MPH. SOME
ARE VERY SMALL AND LAST FOR A FEW MINUTES...WHILE OTHERS CAN BE
ON THE GROUND FOR OVER AN HOUR...TRAVEL FOR MANY MILES...AND
POTENTIALLY REACH OVER A MILE IN WIDTH.

WHAT TO LISTEN FOR...
A TORNADO WATCH IS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WHEN
CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TORNADOES IN AND
CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. WATCHES ARE GENERALLY ISSUED FOR THE
DURATION OF 4-8 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE ACTUAL OCCURRENCE OF
SEVERE WEATHER. DURING THE WATCH...PEOPLE SHOULD BE PREPARED TO
MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY IF THREATENING WEATHER APPROACHES.

A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WHEN
A TORNADO IS INDICATED BY RADAR OR SIGHTED BY SPOTTERS. PEOPLE IN
THE AFFECTED AREA SHOULD SEEK SAFE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

TORNADO EMERGENCY...
A TORNADO EMERGENCY MEANS THAT SIGNIFICANT...WIDESPREAD DAMAGE
WITH A HIGH LIKELIHOOD OF NUMEROUS FATALITIES IS EXPECTED TO
OCCUR OR CONTINUE WITH A STRONG AND VIOLENT TORNADO. A TORNADO
EMERGENCY IS NOT A NEW WARNING PRODUCT...BUT A NEW...VISIBLE AND
HIGH IMPACT CALL-TO-ACTION. THE CORRESPONDING DAMAGE TAG FOR A
TORNADO EMERGENCY IS TORNADO DAMAGE THREAT...CATASTROPHIC. FOR
MORE ABOUT IMPACT BASED WARNINGS...VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT...
WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/CRH/?N=2013_IBW_INFO (LOWER CASE)

TO BE READY FOR A TORNADO...HAVE A NOAA WEATHER RADIO WITH A
WARNING ALARM TONE AND BATTERY BACKUP. MAKE SURE YOUR FAMILY AND
PEOPLE IN YOUR WORKPLACE ARE FAMILIAR WITH SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND
THE LOCATION OF A SAFE SHELTER. REVIEW YOUR TORNADO SHELTER PLANS
AND PRACTICE THEM.

IF YOU ARE IN A HOME OR OTHER BUILDING WHEN A TORNADO
STRIKES...MOVE UNDERNEATH A TABLE...WORKBENCH...OR STAIRCASE.
STAY AWAY FROM CORNERS OF THE ROOM BECAUSE DEBRIS IS USUALLY
DISPLACED INTO THOSE AREAS. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

MOBILE HOMES...EVEN IF TIED DOWN...OFFER LITTLE PROTECTION FROM
TORNADOES AND SHOULD BE ABANDONED. IF AN UNDERGROUND SHELTER IS
NOT AVAILABLE...MOVE TO THE LOWEST...MOST INTERIOR ROOM
AVAILABLE IN ANY NEARBY PERMANENT STRUCTURE.

SAFE PLACES IN AN OFFICE BUILDING...SHOPPING MALL...OR SCHOOL
INCLUDE INTERIOR HALLWAYS AND BATHROOMS. CROUCH ON THE GROUND
FLOOR AGAINST A WALL...COVERING YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS. LEAVE
WIDE OPEN ROOMS LIKE GYMS...AUDITORIUMS...OR COMMON AREAS OF
SHOPPING MALLS AS THEY ARE UNSAFE.

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUT IN THE OPEN OR IN A VEHICLE...NEVER TRY TO
OUTRUN A TORNADO...ESPECIALLY IF IT IS NEARBY. TORNADOES CAN MOVE
AT SPEEDS OF OVER 50 MPH AND CHANGE DIRECTIONS QUICKLY.

MANY PEOPLE MISTAKENLY THINK THAT HIGHWAY OVERPASSES PROVIDE
SAFETY FROM A TORNADO. IN REALITY...AN OVERPASS MAY BE ONE OF THE
WORST PLACES TO SEEK SHELTER FROM A TORNADO. SEEKING SHELTER UNDER
AND OVERPASS PUTS YOU AT GREATER RISK OF BEING KILLED OR INJURED
BY FLYING DEBRIS.

TORNADIC WINDS CAN MAKE THE MOST BENIGN ITEM INTO A DANGEROUS
MISSILE. IN ADDITION TO THE DEBRIS THAT CAN INJURE YOU...THE WINDS
UNDER AN OVERPASS ARE CHANNELED AND COULD EASILY BLOW YOU OR CARRY
YOU OUT FROM UNDER THE OVERPASS.

$$




000
NOUS43 KDMX 251159
PNSDMX
IAZ004>007-015>017-023>028-033>039-044>050-057>062-070>075-
081>086-092>097-260500-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
659 AM CDT WED MAR 25 2015

...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA...

GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD...THE IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY AND
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION...AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE...HAVE DESIGNATED THE WEEK OF MARCH 23 TO MARCH 27 AS
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA. EACH DAY THIS WEEK...THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES BE FOCUSING ON A DIFFERENT
ITEM. TOPICS THIS YEAR INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING...

     MONDAY...FLASH FLOODING
     TUESDAY...WARNING RECEPTION
     WEDNESDAY...TORNADOES
     THURSDAY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
     FRIDAY...FAMILY PREPAREDNESS

ATTENTION MEDIA...IN ORDER FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK TO
BE EFFECTIVE...MEDIA COVERAGE IS CRITICAL. PLEASE USE THE
INFORMATION IN THE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS IN YOUR NEWS
PROGRAMS TO HELP PROMOTE SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY. WE ALSO ENCOURAGE
MEDIA INTERVIEWS. PLEASE CONTACT JEFF ZOGG OR SENIOR METEOROLOGIST
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

YOU CAN FIND DETAILED SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION ON
OUR PREPAREDNESS PAGE. IT IS ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES
MOINES WEBSITE UNDER PREPAREDNESS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

THE TOPIC TODAY IS TORNADOES.

THE COMBINED IOWA AND NEBRASKA TORNADO DRILL WILL BE CONDUCTED
THIS MORNING. HERE IS WHAT TO EXPECT...

10:00 A.M. CDT STORM PREDICTION CENTER ISSUES TEST TORNADO WATCH
FOR ALL OF IOWA AND NEBRASKA VALID UNTIL 11:00 A.M.

10:10 A.M. CDT WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES (WFO) IN SIOUX FALLS AND
OMAHA ISSUE A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR THEIR IOWA AND NEBRASKA
COUNTIES.

10:15 A.M. CDT WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES (WFO) IN DES MOINES AND
QUAD CITIES ISSUES A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR THEIR IOWA COUNTIES.

10:20 A.M. CDT WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE (WFO) IN LA CROSSE ISSUES
A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR THEIR IOWA COUNTIES.

10:30 A.M. UNTIL 10:45 A.M. ALL PARTICIPATING IOWA WEATHER
FORECAST OFFICES ISSUE A SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT TERMINATING THE
TEST.

A TORNADO IS A RAPIDLY ROTATING COLUMN OF AIR IN CONTACT WITH THE
GROUND. A VISIBLE CLOUD IS NOT NEEDED FOR A TORNADO TO BE IN
PROGRESS. SOME TORNADOES MAY NOT APPEAR TO EXTEND TO THE GROUND
BUT ARE CAUSING CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE. TORNADOES TAKE ON VARIOUS
SHAPES AND SIZES...AND MOST PRODUCE WINDS OF LESS THAN 120 MPH.
HOWEVER...A FEW ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WINDS OVER 300 MPH. SOME
ARE VERY SMALL AND LAST FOR A FEW MINUTES...WHILE OTHERS CAN BE
ON THE GROUND FOR OVER AN HOUR...TRAVEL FOR MANY MILES...AND
POTENTIALLY REACH OVER A MILE IN WIDTH.

WHAT TO LISTEN FOR...
A TORNADO WATCH IS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WHEN
CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TORNADOES IN AND
CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. WATCHES ARE GENERALLY ISSUED FOR THE
DURATION OF 4-8 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE ACTUAL OCCURRENCE OF
SEVERE WEATHER. DURING THE WATCH...PEOPLE SHOULD BE PREPARED TO
MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY IF THREATENING WEATHER APPROACHES.

A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WHEN
A TORNADO IS INDICATED BY RADAR OR SIGHTED BY SPOTTERS. PEOPLE IN
THE AFFECTED AREA SHOULD SEEK SAFE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

TORNADO EMERGENCY...
A TORNADO EMERGENCY MEANS THAT SIGNIFICANT...WIDESPREAD DAMAGE
WITH A HIGH LIKELIHOOD OF NUMEROUS FATALITIES IS EXPECTED TO
OCCUR OR CONTINUE WITH A STRONG AND VIOLENT TORNADO. A TORNADO
EMERGENCY IS NOT A NEW WARNING PRODUCT...BUT A NEW...VISIBLE AND
HIGH IMPACT CALL-TO-ACTION. THE CORRESPONDING DAMAGE TAG FOR A
TORNADO EMERGENCY IS TORNADO DAMAGE THREAT...CATASTROPHIC. FOR
MORE ABOUT IMPACT BASED WARNINGS...VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT...
WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/CRH/?N=2013_IBW_INFO (LOWER CASE)

TO BE READY FOR A TORNADO...HAVE A NOAA WEATHER RADIO WITH A
WARNING ALARM TONE AND BATTERY BACKUP. MAKE SURE YOUR FAMILY AND
PEOPLE IN YOUR WORKPLACE ARE FAMILIAR WITH SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND
THE LOCATION OF A SAFE SHELTER. REVIEW YOUR TORNADO SHELTER PLANS
AND PRACTICE THEM.

IF YOU ARE IN A HOME OR OTHER BUILDING WHEN A TORNADO
STRIKES...MOVE UNDERNEATH A TABLE...WORKBENCH...OR STAIRCASE.
STAY AWAY FROM CORNERS OF THE ROOM BECAUSE DEBRIS IS USUALLY
DISPLACED INTO THOSE AREAS. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

MOBILE HOMES...EVEN IF TIED DOWN...OFFER LITTLE PROTECTION FROM
TORNADOES AND SHOULD BE ABANDONED. IF AN UNDERGROUND SHELTER IS
NOT AVAILABLE...MOVE TO THE LOWEST...MOST INTERIOR ROOM
AVAILABLE IN ANY NEARBY PERMANENT STRUCTURE.

SAFE PLACES IN AN OFFICE BUILDING...SHOPPING MALL...OR SCHOOL
INCLUDE INTERIOR HALLWAYS AND BATHROOMS. CROUCH ON THE GROUND
FLOOR AGAINST A WALL...COVERING YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS. LEAVE
WIDE OPEN ROOMS LIKE GYMS...AUDITORIUMS...OR COMMON AREAS OF
SHOPPING MALLS AS THEY ARE UNSAFE.

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUT IN THE OPEN OR IN A VEHICLE...NEVER TRY TO
OUTRUN A TORNADO...ESPECIALLY IF IT IS NEARBY. TORNADOES CAN MOVE
AT SPEEDS OF OVER 50 MPH AND CHANGE DIRECTIONS QUICKLY.

MANY PEOPLE MISTAKENLY THINK THAT HIGHWAY OVERPASSES PROVIDE
SAFETY FROM A TORNADO. IN REALITY...AN OVERPASS MAY BE ONE OF THE
WORST PLACES TO SEEK SHELTER FROM A TORNADO. SEEKING SHELTER UNDER
AND OVERPASS PUTS YOU AT GREATER RISK OF BEING KILLED OR INJURED
BY FLYING DEBRIS.

TORNADIC WINDS CAN MAKE THE MOST BENIGN ITEM INTO A DANGEROUS
MISSILE. IN ADDITION TO THE DEBRIS THAT CAN INJURE YOU...THE WINDS
UNDER AN OVERPASS ARE CHANNELED AND COULD EASILY BLOW YOU OR CARRY
YOU OUT FROM UNDER THE OVERPASS.

$$





000
NOUS43 KDMX 251159
PNSDMX
IAZ004>007-015>017-023>028-033>039-044>050-057>062-070>075-
081>086-092>097-260500-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
659 AM CDT WED MAR 25 2015

...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA...

GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD...THE IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY AND
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION...AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE...HAVE DESIGNATED THE WEEK OF MARCH 23 TO MARCH 27 AS
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN IOWA. EACH DAY THIS WEEK...THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES BE FOCUSING ON A DIFFERENT
ITEM. TOPICS THIS YEAR INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING...

     MONDAY...FLASH FLOODING
     TUESDAY...WARNING RECEPTION
     WEDNESDAY...TORNADOES
     THURSDAY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
     FRIDAY...FAMILY PREPAREDNESS

ATTENTION MEDIA...IN ORDER FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK TO
BE EFFECTIVE...MEDIA COVERAGE IS CRITICAL. PLEASE USE THE
INFORMATION IN THE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS IN YOUR NEWS
PROGRAMS TO HELP PROMOTE SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY. WE ALSO ENCOURAGE
MEDIA INTERVIEWS. PLEASE CONTACT JEFF ZOGG OR SENIOR METEOROLOGIST
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

YOU CAN FIND DETAILED SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION ON
OUR PREPAREDNESS PAGE. IT IS ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES
MOINES WEBSITE UNDER PREPAREDNESS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

THE TOPIC TODAY IS TORNADOES.

THE COMBINED IOWA AND NEBRASKA TORNADO DRILL WILL BE CONDUCTED
THIS MORNING. HERE IS WHAT TO EXPECT...

10:00 A.M. CDT STORM PREDICTION CENTER ISSUES TEST TORNADO WATCH
FOR ALL OF IOWA AND NEBRASKA VALID UNTIL 11:00 A.M.

10:10 A.M. CDT WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES (WFO) IN SIOUX FALLS AND
OMAHA ISSUE A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR THEIR IOWA AND NEBRASKA
COUNTIES.

10:15 A.M. CDT WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES (WFO) IN DES MOINES AND
QUAD CITIES ISSUES A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR THEIR IOWA COUNTIES.

10:20 A.M. CDT WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE (WFO) IN LA CROSSE ISSUES
A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR THEIR IOWA COUNTIES.

10:30 A.M. UNTIL 10:45 A.M. ALL PARTICIPATING IOWA WEATHER
FORECAST OFFICES ISSUE A SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT TERMINATING THE
TEST.

A TORNADO IS A RAPIDLY ROTATING COLUMN OF AIR IN CONTACT WITH THE
GROUND. A VISIBLE CLOUD IS NOT NEEDED FOR A TORNADO TO BE IN
PROGRESS. SOME TORNADOES MAY NOT APPEAR TO EXTEND TO THE GROUND
BUT ARE CAUSING CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE. TORNADOES TAKE ON VARIOUS
SHAPES AND SIZES...AND MOST PRODUCE WINDS OF LESS THAN 120 MPH.
HOWEVER...A FEW ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WINDS OVER 300 MPH. SOME
ARE VERY SMALL AND LAST FOR A FEW MINUTES...WHILE OTHERS CAN BE
ON THE GROUND FOR OVER AN HOUR...TRAVEL FOR MANY MILES...AND
POTENTIALLY REACH OVER A MILE IN WIDTH.

WHAT TO LISTEN FOR...
A TORNADO WATCH IS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WHEN
CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TORNADOES IN AND
CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. WATCHES ARE GENERALLY ISSUED FOR THE
DURATION OF 4-8 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE ACTUAL OCCURRENCE OF
SEVERE WEATHER. DURING THE WATCH...PEOPLE SHOULD BE PREPARED TO
MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY IF THREATENING WEATHER APPROACHES.

A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WHEN
A TORNADO IS INDICATED BY RADAR OR SIGHTED BY SPOTTERS. PEOPLE IN
THE AFFECTED AREA SHOULD SEEK SAFE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

TORNADO EMERGENCY...
A TORNADO EMERGENCY MEANS THAT SIGNIFICANT...WIDESPREAD DAMAGE
WITH A HIGH LIKELIHOOD OF NUMEROUS FATALITIES IS EXPECTED TO
OCCUR OR CONTINUE WITH A STRONG AND VIOLENT TORNADO. A TORNADO
EMERGENCY IS NOT A NEW WARNING PRODUCT...BUT A NEW...VISIBLE AND
HIGH IMPACT CALL-TO-ACTION. THE CORRESPONDING DAMAGE TAG FOR A
TORNADO EMERGENCY IS TORNADO DAMAGE THREAT...CATASTROPHIC. FOR
MORE ABOUT IMPACT BASED WARNINGS...VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT...
WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/CRH/?N=2013_IBW_INFO (LOWER CASE)

TO BE READY FOR A TORNADO...HAVE A NOAA WEATHER RADIO WITH A
WARNING ALARM TONE AND BATTERY BACKUP. MAKE SURE YOUR FAMILY AND
PEOPLE IN YOUR WORKPLACE ARE FAMILIAR WITH SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND
THE LOCATION OF A SAFE SHELTER. REVIEW YOUR TORNADO SHELTER PLANS
AND PRACTICE THEM.

IF YOU ARE IN A HOME OR OTHER BUILDING WHEN A TORNADO
STRIKES...MOVE UNDERNEATH A TABLE...WORKBENCH...OR STAIRCASE.
STAY AWAY FROM CORNERS OF THE ROOM BECAUSE DEBRIS IS USUALLY
DISPLACED INTO THOSE AREAS. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

MOBILE HOMES...EVEN IF TIED DOWN...OFFER LITTLE PROTECTION FROM
TORNADOES AND SHOULD BE ABANDONED. IF AN UNDERGROUND SHELTER IS
NOT AVAILABLE...MOVE TO THE LOWEST...MOST INTERIOR ROOM
AVAILABLE IN ANY NEARBY PERMANENT STRUCTURE.

SAFE PLACES IN AN OFFICE BUILDING...SHOPPING MALL...OR SCHOOL
INCLUDE INTERIOR HALLWAYS AND BATHROOMS. CROUCH ON THE GROUND
FLOOR AGAINST A WALL...COVERING YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS. LEAVE
WIDE OPEN ROOMS LIKE GYMS...AUDITORIUMS...OR COMMON AREAS OF
SHOPPING MALLS AS THEY ARE UNSAFE.

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUT IN THE OPEN OR IN A VEHICLE...NEVER TRY TO
OUTRUN A TORNADO...ESPECIALLY IF IT IS NEARBY. TORNADOES CAN MOVE
AT SPEEDS OF OVER 50 MPH AND CHANGE DIRECTIONS QUICKLY.

MANY PEOPLE MISTAKENLY THINK THAT HIGHWAY OVERPASSES PROVIDE
SAFETY FROM A TORNADO. IN REALITY...AN OVERPASS MAY BE ONE OF THE
WORST PLACES TO SEEK SHELTER FROM A TORNADO. SEEKING SHELTER UNDER
AND OVERPASS PUTS YOU AT GREATER RISK OF BEING KILLED OR INJURED
BY FLYING DEBRIS.

TORNADIC WINDS CAN MAKE THE MOST BENIGN ITEM INTO A DANGEROUS
MISSILE. IN ADDITION TO THE DEBRIS THAT CAN INJURE YOU...THE WINDS
UNDER AN OVERPASS ARE CHANNELED AND COULD EASILY BLOW YOU OR CARRY
YOU OUT FROM UNDER THE OVERPASS.

$$





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