April 12-16 is Severe Weather Awareness Week

April 9, 2021

Emergency management officials recognize the week of April 12-16 as Severe Weather Awareness Week and encourage households and businesses to practice what they’d do to stay safe if a tornado or severe weather strikes.

Sirens April 15

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, two tornado drills will take place Thursday, April 15, so the public can practice taking shelter in severe weather. Outdoor warning sirens will sound in a simulated tornado warning at 1:45 p.m. and again at 6:45 p.m. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota experiences an average of nearly 30 tornadoes per year.


An electronic weather alert service can make people aware of any imminent weather danger with email or text notices. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety offers options for wireless emergency alerts and smartphone apps.

People with disabilities or access or functional needs can also prepare for storm season and other emergencies.

If severe weather is approaching, people should:

  • Turn to local TV, radio or weather channel for updates on alerts and warnings. 
  • Listen for sirens that are activated in case of imminent danger.
  • Take shelter if a warning has been issued or weather sirens sound. At home, people should go to the basement or an inner stairwell. If people are outside doing essential tasks, they should go to the designated shelter or a central area away from windows. They should not use elevators.
  • Stay sheltered until the all-clear signal has been issued.

More about staying safe during severe weather

The Minneapolis Office of Emergency Management has more information about emergency preparedness.