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Editorial: Next week is statewide Severe Weather Week

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Editorial: Next week is statewide Severe Weather Week
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Although we still see piles of snow and ice as we look out our windows, warmer temperatures will eventually win out and it will be summer.

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With summer, comes the potential for different kinds of severe weather.

The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office-Emergency Management office is reminding people that April 15-19 is Minnesota’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.

As the summer season arrives, the sheriff’s office recommends all residents establish a plan and practice tornado and severe thunderstorm drills to become familiar with safety actions.

The Severe Weather Awareness Week campaign is designed to inform and prepare the public and encourages the proper protective actions to reduce the loss of life and damage to property when threatened by Minnesota’s severe weather.

Each day of the week will focus on a different type of hazardous summer weather.

Monday– Severe storms, lightning and winds;

Tuesday – Weather alerts and warnings;

Wednesday – Floods and flash floods;

Thursday – Tornado drill day;

Friday – Heat waves.

The main event of Severe Weather Awareness Week is the annual statewide tornado drills. These drills are scheduled for 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Thursday, April 18. At those times, sirens and NOAA Weather Radios will sound in a simulated tornado warning. The first drill is intnended for institutions and businesses, while the evening drill is intended for second shift workers and especially famlies.

For more info on severe weather and ways to prepare, go to http://dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem/weather-awareness-pre paredness.

PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE

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