Severe Weather Awareness Week
Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 8th through 12th, 2019. Severe Weather Awareness Week is designed to teach and remind Minnesotans about weather hazards and practice your emergency plans in case of severe weather and tornadoes.
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.
Take advantage of Severe Weather Awareness Week to review your own and your family's emergency procedures and prepare for weather-related hazards.
Each day of the week will focus on a different topic:
- Monday - Alerts and warnings
- Tuesday - Severe Weather, lightning, and hail
- Wednesday - Floods
- Thursday - Tornadoes (with statewide tornado drills)
- Friday - Extreme heat
Tornado drills are scheduled for Thursday, April 11th at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Local county sirens and all NOAA Weather Radios in Minnesota will sound with a simulated tornado warning for both afternoon and evening drills. This is a great opportunity to review emergency plans and procedures and conduct emergency drills at work and at home.