The Muscatine Communication Center is responsible for receiving information from the National Weather Service for outdoor warning system activation. And MUSCOM received no information that met the criteria to activate the system last Monday. That’s according to a news release from Matthew Shook of Muscatine County Emergency Management following a meeting of Muscatine officials and the Weather Service. Shook says The criteria for activation is wind speed greater than 70 mph, golf ball size hail, a confirmed tornado by the Weather Service or a sighting of a tornado by a trained spotter. Muscatine Mayor DeWayne Hopkins says sirens were not activated Monday because the tornado formed from the ground up — not from a super cell as is usually the case — so it was not visible on radar to the Weather Service. Shook says that outdoor warning systems are designed to be heard outdoors only and residents are urged to have other available resources such as weather radios and smart phone applications to get more information. When sirens do sound, he urges people not to call 911 or the communications center non-emergency line to ask why the warning system is going off and not to visit disaster sites during response efforts.
The Mayor’s Summer Concert is set for noon this Wednesday on the lawn in front of Muscatine City Hall. Mayor DeWayne Hopkins will play percussion along with the Vineyard Café After Hours Band. The band plans to play songs made famous by James Taylor. The free event is part of Muscatine’s PatriArt Week. Bring your lunch and a lawn chair.
Iowa Public Television has announced the premiere broadcast of “The Farm Crisis,” a 90-minute original program that examines the economic and personal disasters that afflicted agriculture in the 1980s. The program will debut at 8 tonight. Narrated by NBC News reporter Harry Smith, “The Farm Crisis” examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.
The Iowa Department on Aging has launched a re-designed website that offers more in-depth information about the department and the resources available to help older Iowans, caregivers and others. You can visit it at iowaaging.gov.