Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 27- 31, 2017. 

The National Weather Service will conduct a Statewide Tornado Drill during the week, on Wednesday, March 29, between 10 and 11 a.m.

The purpose of this drill is to ensure that Iowans can adequately receive a Tornado Warning and can practice any actions that would be taken in the event of a real tornado. The test watch and warning will be sent through all communication channels normally used for severe weather dissemination.

A Test Tornado Watch will be issued around 10 a.m. local time followed by a Test Tornado Warning at about 10:30 a.m. local time. Schools, businesses, state and local governments and individuals are strongly encouraged to participate in the drill. Additional information about the tornado drill can be found on local NWS websites.

Backup days are March 30 and 31 if there is severe weather in the service area during the normally scheduled date and times as determined by the National Weather Service.

Due to this statewide test happening 1 week prior to our normal test day, which is the first Wednesday of the month at 10 am, there will not be a test on Wednesday April 5 at 10 a.m.
The normal testing cycle will resume in May with the test at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of May, which is May 3.

For each day during Severe Weather Awareness Week, a different subject will be featured:

  • Monday – Severe Thunderstorms
  • Tuesday – Receiving Warning Information
  • Wednesday – Tornadoes
  • Thursday – Family Preparedness
  • Friday – Flash Floods

For more information on severe weather preparedness, visit:

Date of publication

Tuesday, March 28, 2017