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Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 11-15

To the Editor: Severe weather comes in many forms in Minnesota. Thunderstorms, hail, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding can begin in the spring and take place well into the fall. Knowing what to expect and how to respond can make the dif...

To the Editor:

Severe weather comes in many forms in Minnesota. Thunderstorms, hail, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding can begin in the spring and take place well into the fall. Knowing what to expect and how to respond can make the difference between life and death.

Next week, April 11-15, is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. It is designed to help citizens survive Minnesota's weather extremes. It's time to remember that it can happen to you - and your survival may depend on understanding weather threats and being ready for them.

A statewide tornado drill will take place on Thursday, April 14. Sirens will sound in Carlton County at 1:45 p.m. Everyone should take a moment and review their personal circumstances and formulate a plan so they're ready to move quickly when the time comes. There is no county in Minnesota that has been spared a weather disaster. Let's be sure our people stay safe.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management sponsors Severe Weather Awareness Week and has set up a website at www.severeweather.state.mn.us . Daily topics, which include thunderstorms, hail, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding, will help citizens prepare for the dangers of Minnesota's weather extremes, and provide links to safety information and learning activities for families, schools and work places.

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R. Michael Stafford, director

Carlton County Emergency Management

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