Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 15-19
Severe weather can threaten the lives and property of Minnesotans at any time. Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed April 15-19 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Statewide tornado drills will take place on Thursday, April 18 at 1:45 p.m. The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado warning, and outdoor warning sirens will be activated.
A second drill will take place at 6:55 p.m. in Douglas County for families and second-shift workers.
It takes the whole community to prepare for, respond to and recover from tornadoes, straight-line winds, floods and heat waves.
Douglas County sheriff/emergency management director Troy Wolbersen said, "Severe Weather Awareness Week provides an opportunity for families and organizations to put their weather emergency plans into action.
"During this week, I encourage everyone to assess their personal emergency plan and supplies," Wolbersen said. "There is no substitute for preparedness when a severe weather emergency occurs."
Homeland Security and Emergency Management partners with the National Weather Service and various state agencies to present comprehensive, life-saving information on its website www.severeweather.state.mn.us.
For local resources, contact Wolbersen at (320) 762-8151.