Statewide Tornado Drills to Take Place Thursday

By Mark Askelson (4/19/17)

Ada, MN -- The Tornado Sirens will be going off today all over the State of Minnesota as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. There’s no need to be alarmed, but there is a need to be prepared. Tornados can develop in a very short period of time and Greg Gust of the National Weather Service says you should use these Tornado drills to make preparations in case of the real deal.

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Sometimes there may not be safe place to be in your home, especially if you live in a trailer house or small single level home. That’s why Garry Johansen of Norman County Emergency Services is working with towns in Norman County to provide a safe place to go during a tornado or major storm event.

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The Tornado Sirens will sound at approximately 1:45pm and 6:45pm today. According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota experiences an average of 40 tornadoes per year. A record was set in 2010 with 104 tornadoes across the state. Understanding this threat and knowing what to do when a tornado is approaching can save lives.