Get ‘tornado smart’ and be prepared during Severe Weather Awareness Week

Charles City, IA – In the past few weeks, Iowa’s seen a long run of subzero temperatures and snowfall as well as the first Tornado Watch of the year. This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. Meteorologist Chad Hahn, at the National Weather Service in Johnston, says some Iowans could use a refresher course on the dangers that likely lay ahead. Each day will have a different theme.

Tomorrow’s (Tuesday) focus will be on how Iowans get their weather information and the importance of having multiple sources, like weather radios and apps on your phone, in case severe storms knock out your usual source.

The annual statewide tornado drill is also planned for Wednesday, but with a small change this year.

Learn more about the week at There were 28 tornadoes in Iowa last year, and 54 twisters in 2019. Severe weather spotter classes are being this month. To find a date that works with your schedule, go to

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