The Sioux County Emergency Management Agency would like to invite your agency to participate in a Tornado Drill that is planned for Wednesday, March 25. The exercise will consist of a test tornado watch being issued around 10:00 a.m., followed by a test warning at a 10:10 a.m. when the sirens will be activated. If severe weather threatens on Wednesday, we will delay the test until Thursday, March 26. An all clear will not be issued after the drill. The drill will be concluded at about 10:30 a.m. Schools, businesses, government agencies, the military and individuals are strongly encouraged to participate in the drill.
We would also like to invite the communities in Sioux County to use this test as an opportunity to ensure that your sirens are properly working. The communications center will be using this test to ensure the siren paging system is functioning properly. During the months of April-September, 2020, the Sioux County Communications Center will also begin our testing program on the first Friday of the month at 9:30 a.m. If you have any questions regarding the test, please contact the Sioux County Emergency Management Office at 712-737-4010.
Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 23-27, is an opportunity to highlight the importance of being aware of, and prepared for, severe weather.
For each day during Severe Weather Awareness Week, a different subject will be featured:
- Monday – Severe thunderstorms
- Tuesday – Weather warnings
- Wednesday – Tornadoes
- Thursday – Family preparedness
- Friday – Flash floods
- Additional information about severe weather preparedness and links to local NWS websites are available at beready.iowa.gov. Follow HSEMD and NWS on social media using the hashtag #IAwx and #ReadyIowa.
Nate Huizenga, Director
Sioux County Emergency Management