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May 28, 2020

4/14/2020 1:07:00 PM
2020 Severe Weather Awareness Week April 13-17

Each year, local and state Emergency Management and Homeland Security offices in collaboration with the National Weather Service and 16 State and local agencies and organizations sponsors Severe Weather Awareness Week (SWAW) in Minnesota. The week is designed to refresh, remind and educate everyone about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to prepare to deal with them. It is also a great time to make and practice your emergency plan and build or refresh your emergency preparedness kit.  

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

· Monday: Alerts & Warnings

· Tuesday: Severe Weather, Lighting and Hail

· Wednesday: Floods

· Thursday: Tornadoes (with statewide tornado drills - NO SIREN Activation)

· Friday: Extreme Heat

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic which has severely affected our area and nation, Cass County, will be limiting participation in this year's SWAW events to focus on the COVID-19 issue. Following statewide recommendations, county tornado sirens WILL NOT sound on Thursday, April 16th. This will reduce emergency messaging and potential mixed communications that are being conveyed to the public during this substantial time of crisis.  

Your family and employer are still encouraged to be aware of severe weather hazards during this summer season and to ensure plans are in place for sheltering and having an emergency kit. Now is a good time to utilize some of these resources during children's distance learning times to talk about Severe Weather and what to do in the event of tornado siren activation.

If you are interested in additional information, please visit the State of Minnesota's Main Weather Safety Page:

https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem/weather-awareness-preparedness/Pages/default.aspx

or SWAW Page:

https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem/weather-awareness-preparedness/Pages/severe-weather-awareness-week-program.aspx


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