MASON CITY — We continue Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state of Iowa today, and one of the most important precautions you can take to protect yourself and your family from severe weather is being “weather aware”. The National Weather Service says defines being “weather aware” as being informed of the forecast and being alert to potential hazards.
Meteorologist Ken Podrazek with the National Weather Service office in metro Des Moines says keeping tuned in to your favorite radio station as well as having a weather radio are good ways to keep yourself weather aware. He says, “The old standby is the NOAA weather radio, that’s always going to be running. We always encourage folks to have at least two ways to receive a warning. Obviously if you have more than that it’s fantastic.”
Podrazek says if your smartphone is set correctly you should be able to get information on the most serious weather hazards in your area. He says, “We have the Wireless Emergency Alerts, or WEA. If you have those turned on your phone, which is pretty simple to do, if you are in the polygon where a tornado or flash flood warning, your phone should alert for that.”
Podrazek says you shouldn’t hesitate to contact your friends and family if severe weather is imminent. He says social science studies have proven that families, friends and even co-workers just texting back and forth to let them know about a storm is successful.
A reminder that tomorrow morning there will be a statewide tornado drill starting at 10 o’clock . Learn more about Severe Weather Awareness Week by clicking here