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It’s Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week – Duluth will be Testing their Sirens Today April 18

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Even though I am sharing this information with you, I KNOW that when I hear the sirens blow to signify the start of the drill/test, I will wonder (usually out loud to myself), “what are those going off now for?”  You should know it’s just a test, here is the schedule.

For more than 25 years, the state of Minnesota and Duluth have conducted the Severe Weather Awareness Week in partnership with the National Weather Service.

It was put into place to teach and remind Minnesotans about weather hazards and provides resources to minimize the risks associated with severe weather.  I’ll bet they weren’t expecting to be in a Winter Storm Watch while we were holding our annual statewide tornado drills!

Nonetheless, the drills are scheduled for today, April 18 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. At those times,sirens and NOAA Weather Radios will sound in a simulated tornado warning. The first drill at 1:45p is intended for institutions and businesses, while the evening drill at  6:55p is intended for second shift workers and families to practice their emergency drills at home.

Some Severe Weather Stats:

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 the Severe Weather Awareness Week to review your family’s emergency procedures and prepare for weather-related hazards.

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