Severe Weather Awareness Drills Today

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 7:46 am

Tornado sirens will sound across Minnesota and Wisconsin Thursday in hopes to educate people about Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The first drill is scheduled for 1:45 p.m., with the second drill expected to start at 6:55 p.m.

During the first drill schools, businesses and other facilities are encouraged to conduct a tornado drill. Families are encouraged to demonstrate a plan at home during the evening drill.

Last year you may remember sirens sounded across the state in heavy snow. Wisconsin also postponed its statewide tornado drill in 2013 because of the threat of severe weather.

Remember throughout the severe weather season, take responsibility for the safety of yourself and your family with the following precautions:

Do not rely on sirens as your only source to warn you about severe weather. Sirens are intended to alert people who are outside. Inside your home, you may not hear outdoor sirens due to noise from wind, rain, or other sounds. Inside your home, use a NOAA weather radio, a smartphone “app,” and stay tuned to local media — to alert you to severe weather.

Be “weather aware.” Keep tabs on the weather forecast for your area. There are times when forecasters predict a likelihood of severe weather many hours or even days in advance. In these situations, keep that possibility in mind as you consider your plans and be sure to check on the changing forecast.

Be alert & know where to shelter. If conditions change quickly or you see violent/threatening conditions, tune to local media and seek shelter.

Consider using your smartphone to install an “app” for weather warnings alerts.

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