In recognition of Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is scheduled for March 25 through March 29, and in an effort to promote public awareness, the City of Storm Lake will participate in a state-wide voluntary tornado drill.
The tornado drill will take place Wednesday, March 27. The Storm Lake and Lakeside tornado sirens will be activated at approximately 10:15 a.m. The sirens will sound for approximately three (3) minutes.
At the same time the outdoor sirens are activated the indoor warning system will be tested also. The indoor system is present in schools and some public facilities throughout the community.
If severe weather threatens on Wednesday, March 27, then the statewide drill will be postponed until Thursday, March 28.
Beginning on Saturday, March 30, the City of Storm Lake Tornado Siren System will be tested weekly throughout the summer and fall. The tests will conducted on Saturdays at 12 noon.
"The City Council has allocated funds to replace the internal components of every tornado siren within the city limits. That mission will be accomplished this spring," said Public Safety Director Mark Prosser. In addition to the internal and external weather warning systems, the Storm Lake Fire and Police Departments work together when severe weather is threatening by deploying spotters to assist in locating potential hazards threatening the community.