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Preparing for severe weather season

You may hear storm sirens all over the state of Iowa Wednesday morning.

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, there will be a statewide tornado drill at 10:15 A.M.

The peak of severe weather season is early spring to late summer.

Kip Ladage, Bremer County Emergency Management, says you should use a combination of weather alerts to keep you safe such as the outdoor siren, weather radio, and local media.

It's also important to keep in mind the outdoor system is just suppose to be used outside. Also familiarize yourself with the different weather announcements.

"We could have anything from flash floods to thunderstorm watch to hail. The biggest thing to understand what the different announcements are that are coming out. A watch means conditions are conducive for a storm, a warning means something is happening," said Ladage.

Do you know where to go if severe weather hits?

In a house make sure you go to the lowest level of the home, such as a basement.

If you are in a mobile home, find a safe area or even get out before the severe weather hits and find a safe shelter.

It's important to practice your severe weather response. Go to your safe place and then call the appropriate people to let them know you are ok.

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