Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

March 13, 2014

Warning Siren Tests March 26

Marion County Emergency Management

Marion County — Marion County Emergency Management is planning to test emergency sirens on Wednesday, March 26. The following was received from Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Anderson.

We are planning to conduct the outdoor warning siren test next Wednesday, March 19 at 10 a.m.  This test was originally scheduled for March 5 and was postponed due to potential icing conditions on the siren devices.  The sirens in Swan, Pleasantville, Melcher Dallas, Knoxville, Attica and Bussey will be activated during this test.

Additionally, Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa is March 24-28.  As in the past, there will be a statewide tornado drill that is conducted on Wednesday, March 26.  The outdoor sirens will again be activated during that test.  The details pertaining to the statewide tornado drill are below for your information.  The statewide test will have sirens in Swan, Pleasantville, Melcher Dallas, Knoxville, Attica, Bussey, Harvey and Pella being activated.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 

 9:50 AM - Storm Prediction Center (SPC) coordinates with Iowa/Nebraska National Weather Service (NWS) offices about a test tornado watch for Iowa and Nebraska.

10:00 AM - SPC issues Test Tornado Watch for Iowa and Nebraska.  Each Iowa/Nebraska NWS offices will issue test Watch Coordination Notification messages.  Test watch will be toned alerted on NOAA All Hazards Radio and sent through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) as a test message.

10:10 AM - NWS Sioux Falls and Omaha issue test tornado warnings for their Iowa counties.

10:15 AM- NWS Des Moines and Quad Cities issue test tornado warnings for their Iowa counties.

10:20 AM - NWS La Crosse issues test tornado warning for their Iowa counties.

10:30-10:35 AM - All Iowa NWS offices issues a Severe Weather Statement to terminate the test warnings.

11:00 AM - Test tornado watch expires.

If severe weather threatens on Wednesday, March 26, the test will be conducted on Thursday, March 27, at the same time.