Severe weather awareness week is coming up next week in Iowa. We talked to Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga.

Huizenga says it’s important for northwest Iowans to not only think about what they would do in a weather emergency such as a tornado warning, but to actually act it out — and that’s why we at KIWA are bringing up the topic this early — to give you a chance to plan how you will do the drill next week.

He says you should have some things available in your shelter.


He says there are a number of ways to get information about severe weather.

He says it’s easy to sign up for Nixle — and you can give both your email address and a cell phone number for text messages. When there’s an emergency, the Sheriff’s Office can alert you. He says you can sign up at

In addition, we also talked to Huizenga about severe thunderstorms. He says they can be just as dangerous as tornadoes, with their severe winds and lightning, and he advises taking cover for them, just as you would for a tornado.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

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