Severe weather awareness week 2014

Submitted Article
Are you ready for severe weather? The week of April 21-25 is a great time to make and practice your emergency plan and build an emergency kit.
Two of the most important events during Severe Weather Awareness Week are the annual statewide tornado drills. These drills are scheduled for Thurs, April 24, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m.
Outdoor warning sirens and NOAA Weather Radios will sound in a simulated tornado warning. The first drill is intended for institutions and businesses. The evening drill is intended for second shift workers and families.
If you are interested in some ideas on how you, your family, business, or your community can participate in Severe Weather Awareness Week, check out some of the ideas on this list..
Educators, leaders or communicators may want to use this 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week Presentation to help deliver this information.
Why Severe Weather Awareness Week?
According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota experiences an average of 40 tornadoes per year. In 2012, 37 twisters touched down. A record was set in 2010 with 104 tornadoes across the state.
Understanding this threat and knowing what to do when a tornado is approaching can save lives.
Take advantage of Severe Weather Awareness Week to review your own and your family's emergency procedures and prepare for weather-related hazards.
Each day of the week will focus on a different topic:
Monday — Alerts and Warnings
Tuesday — Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail
Wednesday — Floods
Thursday — Tornadoes (with statewide tornado drills)
Friday — Extreme Heat
Don't forget! The state wide tornado drills are Thursday, April 24 at 1:45 and 6:55 p.m.

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(From left) Lexi Freund (Big Lake), Betsey Cornelius and Ben Cornelius (Nowthen), Gunner Dorweiler and Colton Dorweiler (Princeton), Ben Manning (Zimmerman), Bailey Dorweiller (Princeton) and Salene Krueger (Big Lake.) The county fair runs from July 16-19. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

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SMITTY’S AMATEUR FIDDLERS CONTEST drew 22 musicians to compete in Big Lake this year. They were accompanied by Gilmore Lee.

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Adopt-a-Road participants volunteer for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and work to clean roadsides that border and bisect refuge land. This spring, from April to June, approximately six individuals, three families, and seven groups, such as boy and girl scouts and 4-H groups, volunteered to clean countless miles of roads. (Submitted photo.)