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Severe weather season is here

By Staff | Apr 3, 2008

While embracing the season of spring in April, Iowans know it is time to think about tornadoes, hail, flooding and lightning even before snows shovels are brushed off and put away.

Emmet County Emergency Management/Homeland Security Coordinator Terry Reekers said, “But it is that time of year and we should start thinking about the upcoming severe weather season.”

Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 7-14. “Among the activities planned is the annual participation in the statewide Tornado Exercise on April 9.”

The exercise begins at 10 a.m. with mock watches and warnings issued between 10-10:30 a.m.

Reekers said, “Emmet County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service will be sponsoring a Sky Warn Weather Observers class on Wednesday, April 16 at Iowa Lakes Community College.”

The class is appropriate for persons of all ages and levels of interest in both severe and non-severe weather conditions.

“This is a great opportunity for grade-school children to learn about weather and to become aware of weather safety issues,” Reekers noted.

Participants will meet 6-9 p.m. in the auditorium at Iowa Lakes Community college. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, call 712-362-5702.

The Severe Weather Awareness week activities are sponsored by Emmet County Management, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the National Weather Service in Des Moines.