Severe Weather Awareness Week 13 Apr 18

Because severe weather can threaten the lives and property of Minnesotans at any time, Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed April 9th – 13th as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

It takes the whole community to prepare for, respond to and recover from tornadoes, straight-line winds, floods, and heat waves,” said Kevin Mathews, Director of McLeod County Emergency Management. “We hope all residents will take time during the week to re-assess their personal emergency plans and supplies.”

McLeod County partners with the Department of Public Safety – Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the National Weather Service to present comprehensive lifesaving information. Each day of Severe Weather Awareness Week is devoted to a specific topic to help keep Minnesota ready.

Why Severe Weather Awareness Week?

According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota experiences an average of 40 tornadoes per year. In 2017, there were two tornadoes that touched down in McLeod County. One northwest of Biscay and one east of Lester Prairie. A record was set in 2010 with 104 tornadoes across the state. Understanding this threat and knowing what to do when a tornado is approaching does save lives.

Officials encourage residents to take advantage of Severe Weather Awareness Week to review your own and your family’s emergency procedures and prepare for weather-related hazards.

 Each day of the week focuses on a different weather safety topic:

  1. Monday April 9th — Alerts and Warnings

  2. Tuesday April 10th — Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail

  3. Wednesday April 11th — Floods

  4. Thursday April 12th — Tornadoes (with statewide tornado drills)

  5. Friday April 13th — Extreme Heat


Statewide Tornado Drills 

The most recognizable event during Severe Weather Awareness Week is the two annual statewide tornado drills.  These drills are scheduled for Thursday April 12, 2018 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.  

Outdoor warning sirens and NOAA Weather Radios will sound in a simulated tornado warning.  The first drill is intended for institutions and businesses. The evening drill is intended for second shift workers and families.

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