Severe Weather Awareness week is April 11-15

Thunderstorms, straight line winds, tornadoes and heat waves cause extensive damage in Minnesota every year. Minneapolis is among the cities at risk for all of these severe weather conditions. Thunderstorms and Tornadoes especially can develop quickly and without warning. Severe Weather Awareness week is April 11-15 and is designed to remind and educate the public on how to be on alert for severe weather events.

April 14 is Tornado Drill Day

In Minnesota, Thursday, April 14 is Tornado Drill Day. Two tornado drills will be conducted statewide on April 14 at 1:45 p.m. and again at 6:55 p.m. to allow schools, businesses, hospitals and other organizations to practice their emergency plans. The 6:55 p.m. drill (only in participating counties) also allows families and second-shift workers to practice their plans. Emergency Preparedness volunteers will be stationed at each emergency siren location in Minneapolis to document if the sirens are in working condition.

Protect yourself by being prepared and taking a few simple steps:

More information on severe weather preparedness is available at Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the National Weather Services websites.

Published Apr 7, 2011