Severe Weather Awareness Week encourages safety preparedness

Severe Weather Awareness Week encourages safety preparedness

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — April 12-16 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The week is a collaboration between Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.

Each day of the week will focus on a different safety topic.

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That includes alerts and warnings, severe weather, lightning and hail, floods, tornadoes and extreme heat.

The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office said the week is a great time for you to talk with your family about safety plans and prepare an emergency kit.

”And the goal always with it is to inform and refresh the knowledge about severe weather threats. It kind of becomes an initiative for most communities throughout the state to take on their local role with that initiative,” Captain Paul Barta said.

“The ultimate goal with it is to enable citizens to be better prepared to take appropriate action when these events occur,” Barta continued.

Next Thursday, there will also be statewide tornado drills at 1:45 and 6:45 p.m.

The state encourages people to participate in the drills.

Check out the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page and the National Weather Service’s social media channels for more information on each day’s topic.

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