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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Severe Weather Awareness Week Begins April 12th

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The Department of Public Safety and the National Weather Service will be promoting general weather safety and emergency preparedness to Minnesotans during April 12 – 16 for Severe Weather Awareness Week.  

In addition, statewide tornado drills will be held Thursday, April 15. Outdoor sirens and NOAA weather radios will sound.

This is the perfect time to engage with your communities, schools, and local businesses to talk about their emergency plans and how they can prepare for the upcoming severe weather season.  

Each day of Severe Weather Awareness Week highlights an important weather safety topic:

  • Monday: Alerts and Warnings 
  • Tuesday: Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail 
  • Wednesday: Floods
  • Thursday: Tornadoes (with statewide tornado drills) 
  • Friday: Extreme Heat  

Promote Emergency Preparedness in Your Community

  • Hold preparedness seminars. tornado siren
  • Consult with local businesses. 
  • Host a preparedness and health fair. 
  • Start a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). 
  • Meet with homeowners associations. 
  • Post newsletter, social media and website articles with preparedness tips. 
  • Encourage others to know how to contact their county emergency manager.

More information about these emergency preparedness steps is provided on the HSEM Weather Safety and National Weather Service websites.  

General, all-hazards emergency preparedness best practices for businesses, communities, individuals and families can be found on this HSEM website.

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