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Categories: 2009 Press Releases | Author: Peggy Carlson | Posted: 4/17/2009 | Views: 25213

                                                            PRESS RELEASE


April 15, 2009                                             CONTACT:    Scott Camps

                                                                                            Emergency Services Manager

                                                                                            Sheriff’s Office

For Immediate Release:                                                    Duluth, MN   (218-625-3960)



Severe Weather Awareness Week in MinnesotaApril 20-24, 2009


The week of April 20th – 24th is “Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota”. The goal is to educate Minnesotans on the need to prepare their own emergency plans for tornadoes and severe weather and to encourage the exercising of those plans. Being prepared is more than just knowing what to do when the warning sirens sound. Each day of the week will have a specific topic such as “Thunderstorms, Hall, Straight-Line Winds and Lightning”, “Severe Weather Warning Systems” etc.


Minnesota will be conducting a statewide Tornado Drill on April 23rd, 2009. The traditional afternoon statewide drill will be conducted at 1:45 p.m. The National Weather Service will initiate the process by issuing a statewide “mock tornado watch” at 9:00 a.m. A “mock tornado warning” will be issued and disseminated beginning at 1:45 p.m. The statewide drill will conclude at 2:00 p.m.


The past couple of weeks have been quite active with a lot of severe weather nationwide. The appropriate safety actions could help save lives, prevent injuries and protect property. The Minnesota Homeland Security/Emergency Management and the National Weather Service Office in Duluth provide excellent preparedness information on their websites.






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