Warning siren testing to take place countywide March 29 as part of State of Iowa Tornado Drill

The Allamakee County Emergency Management Agency wants to take this opportunity to notify the public of the intent to conduct a county-wide Tornado Drill and test of all city emergency warning sirens next Wednesday, March 29 at 10 a.m. This will allow Allamakee County to participate in the State of Iowa Tornado Drill as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is scheduled for March 27-31 this year. At approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, warning sirens in all six cities in the county will be activated and National Weather Service NOAA Weather Radios will be sent the drill as a Required Weekly Test (RWT) with normal alert tones followed by drill verbiage.

In addition to the National Weather Service announcing, the drill via NOAA Weather Radio will also use social media. Also, a test alert message will be sent out on the Alert Iowa system for those who have signed up for the Tornado Warning notification feature. In conjunction with the siren activation, the Allamakee County Courthouse and other County facilities will conduct a tornado drill at that time. This is also an opportunity for all businesses and the public to review their own tornado response plans.

In the event of actual or potential severe weather on that March 29 date, the test will be rescheduled to coincide with the normal monthly siren testing scheduled for Thursday, April 6 at 10 a.m. Any changes will be provided to the public via local media.