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April 13-17 is Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week

Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 13-17. Join Ramsey County Emergency Management & Homeland Security in preparing for severe weather season by reviewing safety and awareness tips each day this week.

Learn more about emergency preparedness and management in Ramsey County.

Monday, April 13 - Alerts and warnings

Severe weather notices are now more available than ever. Wireless emergency alerts provide tornado warnings and flash flooding on cell phones.

Tuesday, April 14 - Severe thunderstorms, lightning and hail

Thunderstorms can bring multiple hazards - including wind, hail and lightning.

Wednesday, April 15 - Floods

Flash flooding is one of the most dangerous and costly disasters in Minnesota.

Thursday, April 16 - Statewide Tornado Drill Day 

Outdoor warning sirens will sound twice to allow businesses, schools and families chances to practice their severe weather sheltering plans.

Social distancing note: In 2020, you should use the drills as a time to review plans and shelter spaces. Do not practice using a shelter space if social distancing (PDF) of 6 feet or more cannot be maintained. People residing within the same household are not required to maintain the 6 feet social distancing recommendation during the drill.

  • 1:45 p.m. - Simulated tornado warning to practice daytime emergency plans
  • 6:45 p.m. - Second simulated tornado warning to practice home and evening emergency plans

Friday, April 17 – Extreme heat

Extreme heat causes more weather related deaths than any other weather threat. Learn about heat illness and ways to stay cool.

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 9:54 a.m.