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Spring is here and that means the potential for severe weather has returned.
Minnesota has already authorized State Disaster Assistance for Freeborn County after a severe storm and a tornado last month.
Minnesotans should take time to refresh, remind and educate themselves about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to avoid them. Visit our Weather Safety pages to learn about: Alerts and warnings; storms, hail and lightning; floods; tornadoes and extreme heat.
It's also a great time to make and practice your emergency plan and build or refresh your emergency preparedness kit.
Have some big spring yard projects planned? Don’t forget this important step: Calling 811 before you dig.
With 60,000 miles of gas and liquids running underground in Minnesota, chances are pretty good there’s something under your yard.
If you’re digging up old bushes or trees or planting something that requires a hole more than a few inches deep, you should plan ahead several days, call 811 and let a specialist come and mark the utilities in your yard. Learn more on our Office of Pipeline Safety website.
Video Description: Several troopers discuss what’s it like being a part of the Minnesota State Patrol and making a difference in the lives of Minnesotans every day.