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Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 15-19, 2013

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
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Fillmore County - Severe Weather Awareness Week takes place April 15-19 this year, with the statewide tornado drills on Thursday, April 18th.

Lessons learned from Fillmore County floods in recent years and the tornado near Granger and Harmony in May of 2011 is that Minnesota weather hazards can happen anytime and anywhere. The key to maintaining your personal safety and well-being is to be aware of the threats, be prepared, and know how to receive and respond to warnings.

To help citizens achieve these goals, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with the National Weather Service sponsor Severe Weather Awareness Week annually.

This year’s event takes place April 15-19, with Tornado Drill Day on Thursday, April 18th. Schools and businesses are encouraged to practice emergency plans during the statewide tornado drill at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday. A second drill at 6:55 p.m. will take place in most counties, including Fillmore County, to allow families and second-shift workers to practice sheltering plans.

Find more lifesaving information at Links to the American Red Cross, the Minnesota Safety Council, the National Weather Service and others provide learning materials — many of them downloadable for use in homes, businesses and classrooms. They also offer links for the information in several different non-English languages.

The site also contains information on weather watches and warnings, thunderstorms, hail, lightning, flash floods, tornadoes and heat waves, along with instructions on how to make a survival kit, develop a plan to shelter or escape, and avoid surprises by staying informed of weather conditions.

If you have not signed up to receive email notifications, go to the website and sign up today!

Please remember the statewide tornado drill on Thursday, April 18th, too, and plan to participate at 1:45 p.m., 6:55 p.m. or both!

Don’t let severe weather catch you unprepared! Get ready during Severe Weather Awareness Week!


Kevin Beck, Fillmore County Emergency Management Director, (507) 765-3874

Daryl Jensen, Sheriff, (507) 765-3874

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