Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 21-25, 2014.
Are you ready for severe weather? The week of April 21-25 is a great time to make and practice your emergency plan and build an emergency kit.
Two of the most important events during Severe Weather Awareness Week are the annual statewide tornado drills. These drills are scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 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.
Why Severe Weather Awareness Week?
According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota experiences an average of 40 tornadoes per year. In 2012, 37 twisters touched down. 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 can save lives.
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 will focus on a different topic:
Check each page link above for specific information about these topics, including factsheets, checklists, data and other resources.
Cellphone Technology for Early Warnings
Wireless Emergency Alerts
will sound on all newer model cell phones during an actual tornado warning. Severe Weather Awareness Week is a great opportunity to learn about these new alerts. This fact sheet can assist you in explaining this new technology.
Show us how you prepare!
We hope you take the time to participate in Severe Weather Awareness Week and educate yourself, your family and other Minnesotans about staying safe all summer long.
If you do participate in a preparedness event or activity, please let us know!
Please send information about your preparedness activity and any photos to email@example.com