It’s Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week.
The public education campaign is promoted by the National Weather Service, Minnesota Department of Public Safety and local Emergency Management Agencies.
Ironically enough, Minnesota’s state-wide tornado drill has been canceled for today due to severe weather. Outdoor warning sirens and NOAA Weather Radios across the state were scheduled to be sounded at 1:45PM and 6:45PM, intended to allow workplaces, schools and families an opportunity to test their severe weather plans. There is never an “all clear” activation for sirens.
According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota experiences an average of 40 tornadoes per year.
The MPA says understanding threats and knowing what to do when a tornado approaches saves lives.