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Updated: 03/04/2013 2:54 PM
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By: Kate Bendell

Severe Weather Training for the Hmong Community

KSTP Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas and KSTP News Anchor Joy Lim Nakrin are collaborating with the Lao Family Community of Minnesota to hold a severe weather training program targeting the Hmong community. It's part of an outreach initiative by the Asian American Journalists Association's Minnesota Chapter.

The event is 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the Lao Family Community's Saint Paul location at 320 University Ave. W. It will be the third of a series of monthly sessions, all of which will have Hmong translators present.

The National Weather Service will also present information about their Skywarn Storm Spotter Program with the hope of recruiting members of the community.

Lao Family Community Board Members facilitate, including President Chupheng Lee and Youth & Education Director Chong Lee. The sessions target newer immigrants transitioning from Southeast Asia's vastly different climate to one of the most extreme and variable climates in the world: Minnesota.

Sessions will cover everything from tornado warnings and sirens, to ice and water safety, to the risks of hypothermia, frostbite and heat exhaustion. If unprepared, Minnesota's extreme weather can be dangerous or potentially even deadly. The hope is that these sessions will help newer immigrants stay safe, despite cultural and language barriers.

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Joy Lim Nakrin is coordinating these events on behalf of the Asian American Journalists Association's Minnesota Chapter. She is Vice President of AAJA Minnesota. Jonathan Yuhas will lead the trainings, having spent more than 20 years forecasting weather, including 13 years at KARE-TV before joining KSTP-TV in 2011. A former reserve police officer, Jonathan provides similar trainings to fire and police personnel across Minnesota.