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Homeland Security and Emergency Management

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
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April 11 Tornado Drill Canceled by the National Weather Service

Schools or businesses that wish to conduct a tornado drill independently should coordinate with their county emergency manager to complete the drill during what would normally be the weekly Wednesday 1 p.m. test of the outdoor warning siren system.

Learn More About Siren Testing and Activation

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.