Practice Tornado Drills April 12, And Review Your Emergency Plan

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week April 9-13, state-wide tornado drills are scheduled for Thur, April 12, at 1:45 pm and 6:45 pm. The outdoor warning sirens will sound as part of both drills.

The first drill is intended for institutions and businesses. The evening drill is intended for second shift workers and families.

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.

For more than 25 years, the state of Minnesota has conducted a Severe Weather Awareness Week in partnership with the National Weather Service and local governments. The campaign helps teach Minnesotans about weather hazards and provides resources to minimize the risks associated with severe weather.

Take advantage of Severe Weather Awareness Week to review your own and your family’s emergency procedures and prepare for weather-related hazards.


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