Prepare for storm season with weather safety drills April 14
With spring’s return, Severe Weather Awareness Week April 11-15 offers the chance to think about what to do in the event of a tornado or dangerous thunderstorm. Knowing what to do and making a few simple preparations can help protect you if severe weather strikes.
Two tornado drills will take place Thursday, April 14, as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. The first drill is statewide at 1:45 p.m. to allow homeowners, schools, retail businesses, hospitals and other organizations including the City to practice their emergency plans. The City will activate its outdoor warning sirens at 6:55 p.m. to allow families and second-shift workers to practice their severe weather responses; the City encourages you to take a few minutes that evening to talk at home, work or school about where to take shelter in severe weather.
Home and personal preparedness
Outdoor warning sirens are for people who are outdoors, and the sirens may not be audible inside. For a heads up indoors about an imminent weather danger, families should consider using the National Weather Service’s NOAA Weather Radio or subscribing to an electronic weather alert service that sends notices by email or text message. Find more information here about signing up for cellphone alerts and downloading smartphone apps.
A simple way to plan ahead for a severe weather emergency is by creating a home emergency kit with these items in a bag or box stored in the basement or home shelter site:
- Bottled water.
- Non-perishable snacks and/or ready-to-eat food (include can opener if kit contains canned food).
- Battery-powered radio.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Whistle to signal for help.
- First aid kit.
- Dust mask.
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
- Local maps.
- Cellphone with chargers.
- List of key phone numbers (insurance agent, doctor, etc.).
- A photocopy of driver’s licenses or State ID cards.
What to do if severe weather is approaching:
- for alerts and warnings on NOAA Weather Radio, local TV, local radio or the weather channel.
- Listen for outdoor warning sirens if outdoors.
- Take shelter if a warning is issued or outdoor warning sirens sound. Find more information about taking shelter here.
The City of Minneapolis partnered with ECHO Minnesota to produce a series of multi-language videos about how to use NOAA Weather Radios and other precautions to take during tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods and snowstorms.
Learn more about weather safety:
Find more information about Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week here.
Published Apr 5, 2016