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The following information was provided by Brian Smith, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley.  His contact info appears below.

 

The National Weather Service will be conducting a Test Tornado Drill on Wednesday, March 27th

The National Weather Service will use the actual TOR EAS code as if it was a real Tornado Warning. The FCC has granted Nebraska and Iowa a waiver to use the live TOR codes. The backup days are Thursday, March 28th or Friday, March 29th if we have severe weather in the area. 

Here is the timeline for the Wednesday, March 27th Drill

1000 AM CDT....The Storm Prediction Center issues a Test Tornado Watch for all counties in Iowa and Nebraska.  The test message will be tone alerted and sent through the Emergency Alert System using the TOA code.  The watch will be valid for one hour.

1015 AM CDT...Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) that serve Nebraska and Iowa issues a TEST Tornado Warnings for their Nebraska Counties and Iowa Counties valid for 20 minutes. This is the time that counties may be sounding sirens. This will be sent using the TOR EAS code.  There will be test wording throughout the text of the warning. 

1035 AM CDT.....WFOs across Nebraska and Iowa issue a Severe Weather Statement cancelling their tornado warning.

1100 AM CDT The test tornado watch expires for all of Nebraska and Iowa.

 

Notice, this test will not be activating the Wireless Emergency Alert  (WEA) messaging system on cell phones.

If there is severe weather on the drill date, then it will be postponed to the 28th.  If there is severe weather on the 28th, it will be postponed to the 29th.

Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Regards,

Brian S.

Brian E. Smith
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley, NE
402-359-5166, X726
brian.e.smith@noaa.gov