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Statewide tornado drill at 1:45 p.m., April 14

This is Minnesota's Severe Weather Awareness Week, with statewide tornado drills. At 1:45 p.m., April 14, the National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado warning and the outdoor warning sirens will be activated throughout Crow Wing Co...

This is Minnesota's Severe Weather Awareness Week, with statewide tornado drills.

At 1:45 p.m., April 14, the National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado warning and the outdoor warning sirens will be activated throughout Crow Wing County.

At 6:55 p.m., a second drill will take place for families and second-shift workers to practice their sheltering plans.

We believe an informed, involved community is more resilient to disaster, and being prepared helps reduce the risks and costs of hazardous weather events. An easy way to get prepared is by participating in Severe Weather Awareness Week. The statewide tornado drills provide an opportunity for people to prepare their homes, families, neighborhoods and communities.

This annual public event is designed to remind individuals, families, businesses, schools and institutions that it's essential to plan ahead for Minnesota's severe spring and summer weather. Here are a few simple ideas on how individuals, families, businesses and schools can prepare for severe weather.

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โ€ข Create or update emergency plans.

โ€ข Share plans with family and friends.

โ€ข Involve neighbors.

โ€ข Plan with neighbors.

โ€ข Plan with employers or employees.

โ€ข Get a NOAA weather radio.

โ€ข Schedule a drill.

Crow Wing County will also be offering a free Skywarn weather spotter class 6 p.m., April 28th, in the county Land Service Building meeting rooms one and two. The class is open to everyone interested. No registration is required.

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Skywarn is part of the National Weather Service's warning program designed to establish a network of volunteers trained in the detection and reporting of life-threatening storms.

For more information about Severe Weather Awareness Week please contact Crow Wing County Emergency Management or go to https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem/weather-awareness-preparedness/Pages/s... which is the site showing tornado safety information along with instructions on surviving thunderstorms, hail, straight-line winds, heat waves, floods and lightning.

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