Spring Fury Community Preparedness

Spring Fury is a free, family friendly emergency preparedness event open to anyone who has an interest in learning about disaster and emergency preparedness. This year for the first time, there will be resources for children and individuals with access and functional needs. Keynote speaker Stephanie Brady the Assistant Executive with the Independent Living Centers in Joplin, Missouri, will be sharing her experiences with the community recovery process from the Joplin tornado and the importance of planning before the disaster for those with access and functional needs.

Elementary age children will be able to participate in The Pillowcase Project to learn how to prepare themselves and their families should a disaster occur. To pre-register your child for The Pillowcase Project contact Sam with Central Iowa Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at 515-292-8890 or by email at [email protected]

We are pleased to have Jason Sydejko from KCCI and  Zach Sharpe with the Iowa Storm Chasers who will be educating the public on severe weather safety through their experiences with severe weather in Iowa and across the country. KCCI will have a Storm Team car on hand for the public to view. Ron Edwards, Animal Control Supervisor for Ames Animal Control, will be presenting on how you can prepare your pets and what to expect if you should have to evacuate with your pets during a disaster.

Several disaster response and recovery organizations will be on hand to share disaster preparedness information and volunteer opportunities with the public. There will be ongoing demonstrations from the Iowa State University Meteorology Club of the virtual tornado and Story County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) who will be transmitting and sharing how the group can assist with communications during a disaster or emergency.

Ongoing activities throughout the day will be the Ames Fire Department S.A.F.E House, fingerprinting by the Ames Police Department, and the American Red Cross will be educating the public on fire safety. A free lunch will be served by the Salvation Army and American Red Cross. There will be a disaster preparedness scavenger hunt for the kids and a NOAA Weather Radio drawing for the adults.

This free event will take place at City Church of Ames, 2400 Oakwood Rd, Ames, from 10am to 2pm. We will be on site selling our new storm chasing t-shirts for $15. All funds raised will be used to help support our storm chasing and live stream efforts this spring.


Zach Sharpe

My name is Zach Sharpe. I am the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. You can find me on Twitter @Stormchaserzach and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/stormchaserzach/

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