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Severe weather awareness week begins Monday

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Severe Weather Awareness week is dedicated to help everyone learn and prepare for upcoming weather hazards and to provide resources to minimize the risks associated with severe weather.

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An informed, involved community is more resilient to disaster and being prepared helps reduce the risks and costs of a hazardous weather event, Cass County Emergency Management reported.

The amount of damage to crops and property across the United States is in excess of $10 billion. The Joplin, Mo. tornado amounted to $2.8 billion in damages alone.

High temperatures may cause heat exhaustion especially in children and the elderly. Lightning kills and injures many people every summer. In 2011, there were 45 lightning strikes that caused fires in Minnesota alone. These lightning strikes damaged homes and other structures resulting in over $2.3 million dollars in damages.

On April 19, Cass County will be participating in two tornado drills. The first drill will be statewide at 1:45 p.m. to allow schools, business, and healthcare facilities to practice their emergency plans. The second drill will be at 6:55 p.m. and will allow all of Cass County to participate as individual families. This will also allow businesses that have late shift workers to practice their tornado drill plans.

During the week of April 16 through April 20, the National Weather Service will also be testing the Emergency Alert Systems and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration all-hazard weather radios. In conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week, Cass County will also be offering Skywarn Weather Spotters classes. The class will be 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Walker High School in Walker. This class is offered to anyone that would like to become a spotter and be an extra pair of eyes to help keep the National Weather Service aware of what is happening with the weather in the area. For more information, go online to

www.severeweather.state.mn.us or www.ready.gov.

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