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Statewide Severe Weather Preparedness/Awareness Weeks are an opportunity to increase awareness of and response to severe weather hazards.  They are scheduled throughout the spring, targeting a time before the spring severe weather "season" typically begins in that state. Most states also conduct a tornado drill during their awareness week, when test tornado warnings are issued at a predetermined time.  Please mark your calendar and plan to participate in the drill for your local area, as this is an opportunity to test your communication methods as if it were a real situation.

 
Official Severe Weather Preparedness Dates
 
Illinois Missouri Iowa

Mar 5-11, 2017

Tornado Drill
Tue. Mar. 7 at 10 a.m.

 

Drill backup day in case of postponement:
Mar 8

Mar 5-11, 2017

Tornado Drill
Tue. Mar. 7 at 10 a.m.

 

Drill backup day in case of postponement:
Mar 8

March 27 - 31, 2017

Tornado Drill 
Wed. Mar. 29 from 10-11 a.m.

TEST Tornado Watch at 10 a.m.
TEST Tornado Warning at 1030 a.m.

Drill backup days in case of postponement:
Mar 30 or 31

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Daily Topics

Sunday: Watches and Warnings
Monday: Statewide Tornado Drill Heads-Up
Tuesday: Tornadoes
Wednesday: Lightning
Thursday: Flash Floods
Friday: Severe Thunderstorms
Saturday: Receiving Warning Information

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Monday: Watches and Warnings
Tuesday: Tornadoes  
Wednesday: Lightning and Flash Floods
Thursday: Wind and Hail 
Friday: Receiving Warning Information

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Monday: Severe Thunderstorms
Tuesday: Receiving Warning Information
Wednesday: Tornadoes
Thursday: Family Preparedness
Friday: Flash Floods

The Bottom Line: 

Living in the most severe weather prone country in the world, 
your best defense is to be both prepared and informed

Know the local warning systems.  
Invest in a NOAA Weather Radio.  
Stay informed.  
Take action – indoors or out!




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Statewide Winter Weather Preparedness activities provide a focused opportunity to increase awareness of and response to winter weather hazards.   Click here for additional winter storm safety resources.  


Official Winter Weather Awareness Dates
 
Iowa Missouri Illinois

November 9, 2017

November 15, 2017

November 12 - 18, 2017‚Äč



 

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Flood Safety Awareness activities strive to increase awareness of and response to flooding.  Whether it be river flooding or flash flooding, knowing what to do can mean the difference between life and death.

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.


 
Official Flood Safety Awareness Dates
 
Illinois Iowa Missouri
March 19-25, 2017
 

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The Bottom Line: 

Knowledge is Power!

Have a plan in place before a flood occurs.

Invest in a NOAA Weather Radio.
S
tay informed.

NEVER drive, walk, or swim into flood waters!
Turn Around!  -  Don't Drown!


 
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U.S. Flood Fatality Statistics
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1986-8/26/2015
  • Through 8/26/15, there have been 86 flood related fatalities
     
  • Just over 2/3 (59) of the fatalities were male
     
  • Age was not a factor
     
  • 56 fatalities occurred in Texas and Oklahoma
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  • Driving - 45
  • Walking/Hiking - 16
  • Sheltering - 9
  • Boating - 7
  • Fell in - 1
  • Working - 0
  • Other - 8
  • Jan - 3
  • Feb - 2
  • Mar - 11
  • Apr - 8
  • May - 51
  • Jun - 11
  • Jul - 0
  • Aug - 0
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  • Oct - NA
  • Nov - NA
  • Dec - NA
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  • 10-19 - 7
  • 20-29 - 5
  • 30-39 - 11
  • 40-49 - 11
  • 50-59 - 8
  • 60-69 - 14
  • 70-79 - 8
  • 80-89 - 6
  • 90+ - 0
  • Male - 59
  • Female - 27


2014 - 41
  • Roughly 2/3 of deaths were male
     
  • Driving into flood waters continues to be the leading activity
     
  • Half of the fatalities were west of the Mississippi River; half east.
     
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2013 - 84
  • 61% of deaths were male
     
  • Driving - the leading activity
     
  • IA, IL, & MO all reported a flood-related fatality
     
  • 1/3 of the fatalities were in May
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HEAT Safety Awareness activities are an opportunity to increase awareness of and response to excessive heat.  


On average, heat is the leading cause of weather related fatalities.  Heat waves have the potential to cover a large area, exposing a high number of people to a hazardous combination of heat and humidity, which can be very taxing on the body.

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Official Heat Safety Awareness Dates
 
Iowa Missouri Illinois

Heat Awareness Day

June 8, 2017


 

Summer Hazards Safety Week

June 18-24, 2017

(includes heat & lightning)

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The Bottom Line: 

Knowledge is Power!

Have a plan in place before excessive heat settles in!

If possible, stay inside an air-conditioned place.

If you must be outside, take frequent breaks in the shade.  
Drink plenty of water and don't forget to apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.

Never leave a child, pet, or disabled adult in parked vehicles!


 

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Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year. Although most lightning occurs in the summer, people can be struck at any time of year. Lightning kills an average of 49 people in the United States each year, and hundreds more are severely injured.   

 
Official Lightning Safety Awareness Dates
 
Illinois Missouri Iowa

June 18-24, 2017

June 18-24, 2017
(Summer Weather Safety Week)

June 19-23, 2017



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