Tornado Sirens Sound Thursday for Severe Weather Awareness Week

Updated: 04/24/2014 9:04 PM
Created: 04/23/2014 4:24 PM
By: Cassie Hart

Tornado sirens will sound across Minnesota on Thursday to educate people about Severe Weather Awareness Week

The first drill was around 1:45 p.m. The second drill was at 6:55 p.m.

During the first drill, schools, businesses and other facilities were encouraged to conduct a tornado drill. Families were encouraged to demonstrate a plan at home during the evening drill.

Last year, you may remember that sirens sounded across the state in heavy snow. Wisconsin also postponed its statewide tornado drill in 2013 because of the threat of real severe weather.

Meanwhile, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is in the process of upgrading weather siren technology, which is funded by Hennepin County Emergency Management.

The new system is expected to be beneficial for residents by allowing sirens to go off in a particular area pinpointing the path of the storm versus blanketing a much bigger area that may not be affected by severe weather.

Remember throughout the severe weather season, take responsibility for the safety of yourself and your family with the following precautions:

  • Do not rely on sirens as your only source to warn you about severe weather. Sirens are intended to alert people who are outside. Inside your home, you may not hear outdoor sirens due to noise from wind, rain, or other sounds. Inside your home, use a NOAA weather radio, a smartphone “app,” and stay tuned to local media -- to alert you to severe weather. 
  • Be “weather aware.” Keep tabs on the weather forecast for your area. There are times when forecasters predict a likelihood of severe weather many hours or even days in advance. In these situations, keep that possibility in mind as you consider your plans and be sure to check on the changing forecast.
  • Be alert & know where to shelter. If conditions change quickly or you see violent/threatening conditions, tune to local media and seek shelter.
  • Consider using your smartphone to install an “app” for weather warnings alerts.

*Information from the Hennepin County sheriffs' office.

Get weather alerts by downloading the new KSTP Severe Weather app on your smartphone.

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