Yesterday morning, KNIA/KRLS and Marion County safety officials participated in the statewide tornado drill. Marion County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Anderson, tells KNIA/KRLS News that the drill went as planned for them. The Pella Police Department also reported a smooth test. Additionally, KNIA/KRLS tested its own emergency equipment, including our backup generators that ensure that the coverage will go on, even if the power goes off.
In Knoxville, Police Chief Dan Losada tells KNIA/KRLS News that the siren by the race track didn’t go off, but they knew about that already and the parts to replace it are currently on route to the city. All other sirens were audible. Thursday’s focus for Severe Weather Awareness Week is on thunderstorms. Anderson says being aware of your surroundings can help keep you safe from lightning strikes or being caught in a hail storm.