Are you ready for severe weather? Each year, HSEM in collaboration with the National Weather Service and 16 State and local agencies and organizations sponsors Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. The week is designed to refresh, remind and educate everyone about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to avoid them. It's also a great time to make and practice your emergency plan and build or refresh your emergency preparedness kit.
Statewide Tornado Drills
The most important events during Severe Weather Awareness Week are the statewide tornado drills. SCTCC will be conducting a Tornado Drill on Thursday, April 12th 2018 at 1:45 p.m. (Please refer to the red Emergency Flip Chart located in your classroom or office suite for shelter locations).
SCTCC will send a Star Alert message out to the campus indicating the start of the drill. Once the drill has been completed, an “all clear” message will be sent out via Star Alert. If you have yet to sign up for Star Alert, you may do so by clicking here .
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.
Each day of the week focuses on a different weather safety topic:
- Monday — Alerts and Warnings
- Tuesday — Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail
- Wednesday — Floods
- Thursday — Tornadoes (with statewide tornado drills) SCTCC will be conducting a tornado drill at 1:45 pm on Thursday, April 12th
- Friday — Extreme Heat
Please visit https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem/weather-awareness-preparedness/Pages/severe-weather-awareness-week-program.aspx for more information.