Tornado drills set for April 18
As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, tornado drills will be conducted throughout Minnesota Thursday, April 18. To ensure City employees can practice what to do during severe weather, tornado drills will be held at several City facilities at 1:45 p.m. Each of these worksites has an individual assigned to monitor the drill and make sure everyone knows where to seek shelter.
As part of the statewide tornado preparedness effort, sirens will be sounded again at 6:55 p.m. on April 18 to allow families and second-shift workers to practice their response to severe thunderstorms, straight line winds or tornados. If you’re home that evening, take a few minutes to talk with the members of your household about where you’ll take shelter. This is also an excellent time to check on what kind of safety supplies you have on hand to get you through an emergency.
What to do if severe weather is approaching:
- Turn to your local TV, radio or NOAA Weather channels for updates on alerts and warnings (which are issued when a severe weather event has been confirmed).
- Listen for sirens that are activated in case of imminent danger.
- If a warning has been issued, go to designated shelter or to a central area of an office building away from glass windows, or to the basement or inner stairwell of your home or residence. Do not use elevators. Stay in your location until the all-clear signal has been issued.
Severe Weather Awareness week (April 15 - 18) is a great time to brush up on your preparedness. Here are some resources:
Published Apr. 11, 2013