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Mock tornado drill planned in Iowa City March 27

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

There won't actually be a tornado on March 27 in Iowa City -- at least, officials hope there won't -- but the city will be pretending there will be in order to better prepare its residents.

The City of Iowa City will be participating in a statewide mock tornado drill on Wednesday, March 27, from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Businesses, schools and residences within Iowa City are urged to use the drill to test and practice their emergency plans as if it were a real tornado event, according to the City of Iowa City.

At 10 a.m., a tornado watch will be called, indicating that conditions exist for the development of tornadoes.

After that, a tornado warning will be issued, complete with sirens sounding in Johnson County for a full minute. A tornado warning indicates that a tornado has been spotted in person or on radar. Severe thunderstorms can also result in a tornado warning.

When the warning siren goes off, people should take immediate shelter in a designated Tornado Safe Room or a windowless room located on the lowest level closest to the center of a structure.

Children are encouraged to wear bicycle helmets, as head injuries are the cause of many tornado-related deaths, according to the City of Iowa City's press release.

There will be no all-clear siren that sounds, but the drill will conclude at 10:30 a.m.

If actual severe weather threatens the area March 27, the drill will take place on Thursday, March 28.

The drill is part of Severe Weather Awareness Week.

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