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Statewide tornado test prepares for severe weather

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People around the state, may have heard the tornado sirens go off Wednesday morning. It was a statewide test in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness week. There are, however, some counties who opted out of participating with the drill.
In Linn County, officials decided to not set off the alarms. They said they didn't want it to generate questions on why the sirens were going off and create more work for dispatchers.
"Setting off the sirens for the test tornado drill would generate far more inquiries from people wondering why they sounded as opposed to those wondering why they didn't. The public safety communications centers don't need the extra work," said Mike Goldberg, Linn County Emergency Management Dir. in a email to KWWL.
The National Weather Service in Des Moines says the statewide test today wasn't mandatory, but still suggests to be prepared.
"Well certainly from assessments from the past tornado outbreaks and everything, testing can help prevent anything that could go wrong during an event," said Rod Donavon, NWS senior forecaster.
In Black Hawk County, the sirens are set off either at the Black Hawk Emergency Management building or through the dispatch center.
"And as you know tornadoes can happen anytime of the year so this is just our jump start into the summer season and getting us ready for that time of the year," said Lori Glover, Black Hawk Emergency Management Coordinator.

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