CONTACT: Scott Camps
Emergency Services Manager
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota - April 19th – 23rd, 2010
The week of April 19th – 23rd, 2010 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, Hail, Straight-Line Winds and Lightning”, “Severe Weather Warning Systems” etc.
Minnesota will be conducting a statewide Tornado Drill on April 22nd, 2010. 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 "simulated tornado watch" at 9:00 a.m. A "simulate 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 few weeks have provided a variety of weather nationwide. The appropriate safety actions could help save lives, prevent injuries and protect property. The Minnesota Homeland Security/Emergency Management www.severeweather.state.mn.us and the National Weather Service Office in Duluth www.crh.noaa.gov/dlh/ provide excellent preparedness information on their websites.