Each year, Homeland Security and Emergency Management in collaboration with the National Weather Service sponsors Severe Weather Week in Minnesota. The goal of the week is to refresh, remind and educate residents about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to avoid them. It’s also a great time to make and practice your emergency plan and build or refresh your emergency preparedness kit.

Severe Weather Week, including statewide tornado drills, are currently scheduled to take place despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While the COVID-19 response efforts remain high priority, it is important for residents to remember that severe weather can happen at any time.

Outdoor warning sirens and NOAA Weather Radios will sound in a simulated tornado warning at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. Blue Earth County Emergency Management invites residents to participate in the tornado drills regardless of where they’re working, playing, or being educated.

Understanding the threat of severe weather and knowing what to do when it strikes can save lives. Take advantage of the week to review your own and your family’s emergency procedures and prepare for weather-related hazards.

Each day of the week focuses on a different weather safety topic:

  • Monday: Alerts and warnings
  • Tuesday: Severe weather, lightning and hail
  • Wednesday: Floods
  • Thursday: Tornadoes with statewide tornado drills
  • Friday: Extreme heat

Watch the Blue Earth County’s Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for more information on the topics above during Severe Weather Week.