Are you ready for severe weather?

The week of April 21-25 is a great time to make and practice your emergency plan and build an emergency kit.

Two of the most important events during Severe Weather Awareness Week are the annual statewide tornado drills. These drills are scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m.

Outdoor warning sirens and NOAA Weather Radios will sound in a simulated tornado warning. The first drill is intended for institutions and businesses. The evening drill is intended for second shift workers and families.

If you are interested in some ideas on how you, your family, business, or your community can participate in Severe Weather Awareness Week, check out some of the ideas on this list.

Why Severe Weather Awareness Week?

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.

Don’t forget! The state wide tornado drills are Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m.

Chisago County will be participating again this year in Severe Weather Awareness week. Please check the HSEM website for further information and suggestions.

https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem/weather-awareness-preparedness/Pages/severe-weather.aspx

Prepared by Scott R. Sellman, Chisago County Emergency Management Director