In recent weeks, some Blue Earth County residents have experienced flooding, there’s no better time to prepare for severe weather than during Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week April 8-12.

This annual, public event offers the chance for people to plan for what they’ll do in the event of severe or dangerous weather. When severe weather strikes, you often have only minutes to respond and seek shelter. Knowing what to do and being prepared can help minimize the impact of severe weather.

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, two tornado drills will take place on Thursday, April 11 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. These tests will allow homeowners, families, schools, businesses, hospitals, and other organizations to practice their emergency plans.

Blue Earth County Emergency Management recommends that everyone become familiar with the types of weather they may encounter at various times of the year, prepare an emergency disaster kit, and practice their emergency plan frequently.

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