April 12th-16th is Severe Weather Awareness Week

April 12th-16th is Severe Weather Awareness Week

April 9, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Fosston, MN — Are you ready for severe weather, including thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes? The primetime for those severe weather events is still a month or two away, but now is the time to prepared for it. Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 12th though the 16th and it’s designed as a great opportunity to refresh, remind, and educate about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to avoid them. According to the Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management, it’s also a good time to make and practice your emergency plan and build or refresh your emergency preparedness kit.

Each day of the week has a different theme, and the week kicks off on Monday with a focus on alerts and warnings. Polk County Sheriff Jim Tadman talks about the difference between the alerts given during severe weather.

There are lots of ways people can receive alerts as soon they are issued, including radio, television, and through their phone. Sheriff Tadman says Polk County residents can sign up to have alerts sent instantly via text, email, or home or business phone by signing up on their website.

Minnesota will conduct their statewide tornado drills on Thursday, April 15th in the afternoon and evening.