Drills, information help prepare residents for severe weather season

The City of Minneapolis wants residents to be ready for severe weather this upcoming season. As temperatures rise in Minnesota, so does the threat from severe weather. Thunderstorms, hail, flash floods and even tornadoes can damage homes and even injure people. April 20 to April 24 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota, and a time to learn about these hazards and ways to best prepare for them.

Wednesday, April 22 is dedicated to information on floods and flash floods. The recent flooding along the northwestern border of the state and the flash floods in southeast portion of the Minnesota in 2007 are good reasons why residents should take this threat seriously.

Thursday, April 23 is Tornado Drill Day, and two drills are planned. The first takes place at 1:45 p.m. Cities, counties and other jurisdictions throughout the state will activate their warning systems, making it possible for schools, businesses, and hospitals to practice their sheltering plans. The second drill at 6:55 p.m. is voluntary (Hennepin and surrounding counties are participating) and allows families and second-shift employees to practice their severe weather shelter plans. More information on tornado warning systems, sirens, safety and other resources are listed in the spring 2009 issue of CodeReady Minneapolis.

Friday, April 24 is Heat Waves Awareness Day. While high temperatures may not get as much attention as twisters, they still can be a serious health threat. In fact, heat waves have killed more people in this country in the past ten years than tornadoes or lightning. Be aware of what you can do if we experience a period of extreme hot weather.

Learn about tornadoes, heat waves and more at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

April 16, 2009

Published Apr. 16, 2009