Be prepared as storm season approaches
With spring’s return, it’s time for people to think about what they’ll do in the event of a tornado or dangerous thunderstorm. Knowing what to do and making a few simple preparations can help protect you and your family when severe weather strikes.
As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week (April 21 – 25), two tornado drills will be conducted Thursday, April 24. The first drill is statewide at 1:45 p.m. to allow homeowners, schools, retail businesses, hospitals and other organizations to practice their emergency plans. The City of Minneapolis will be activating its tornado sirens at 1:45 p.m. and again at 6:55 p.m. to allow families and second-shift workers to practice their severe weather response. Please take a few minutes that evening to talk with the members of your household about where you’ll take shelter.
Home and personal preparedness
To ensure you learn about an imminent weather danger, consider subscribing to an electronic weather alert service that sends you a notice via email or text message. Learn about options for wireless emergency alerts and smartphone apps.
This is also an excellent time to create your own home emergency kit. Here are some items you should consider placing in a bag or box in your basement or home shelter site:
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable snacks and/or ready-to-eat food
- Battery-powered radio
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Cards, games, books or other items to help you pass the time
- List of key phone numbers (insurance agent, doctor, etc.)
- A photocopy of your driver’s license or State ID card.
What to do if severe weather is approaching:
- Turn to your local TV, radio or weather channel for updates on alerts and warnings.
- Listen for sirens that are activated in case of imminent danger.
- If a warning has been issued or you hear weather sirens, take shelter. (In an office building, go to the designated shelter or a central area away from windows. Do not use elevators.) At home, go to the basement or an inner stairwell.
- Stay in your location until the all-clear signal has been issued.
Learn more about Severe Weather Awareness Week
Published Apr 21, 2014