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Homeland Security and Emergency Management

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
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Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 8–12, 2019

Statewide Tornado Drills scheduled for Thursday, April 11 have been canceled by the National Weather Service due to the forecasted snow storm. A make up date has not yet been scheduled.

During the week, the Department of Public Safety and the National Weather Service will be promoting severe weather safety and emergency preparedness information in the media.
This is the perfect time for families, communities, schools and local businesses to review and talk about their emergency plans and how they can prepare for the upcoming severe weather season.
Each day of the week highlights an important seasonal weather safety topic.

Promote Emergency Preparedness in Your Community!

  • Host community preparedness activities
  • Ask local businesses about their emergency plans
  • Host a preparedness and health fair
  • Start a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Meet with homeowner associations to discuss emergency plans
  • Post Facebook articles and photos about preparedness activities 
  • Send tweets with preparedness tips
  • Teach preparedness classes at local schools
Specific information about these topics, including factsheets, checklists, data and other resources, is provided on the HSEM Weather Safety  and National Weather Service, Chanhassen websites.