MINNESOTA SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK
APRIL 9 – 13, 2018
Statewide Tornado Drills are Thursday, April 12
From April 9 to 13, The Lac qui Parle County Emergency Management Department, MN Department of Public Safety, and the National Weather Service will be promoting general weather safety and emergency preparedness to citizens and media outlets through radio interviews, facebook posts, newspaper articles, and flyers. In addition, statewide tornado drills will be held Thursday, April 12 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
This is the perfect time to engage with your employees, facilities managers and partners to talk about and review your family or businesses emergency plans and how you are prepared and ready for seasonal weather threats.
We would also like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to sign up for the Lac qui Parle County Emergency Notification System (LENS) which will alert you through a phone call, text, or email in the event of an emergency. You can choose which alerts to sign up for and how to recieve those alerts. This is an important public safety tool Emergency Management and the Sheriff's Department can use to quickly reach citizens in the event of an emergency.
Each day of the week highlights an important seasonal weather safety topic.
• Monday: Alerts and Warnings
• Tuesday: Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail
• Wednesday: Floods
• Thursday: Tornadoes (with statewide tornado drills)
• Friday: Extreme Heat
PROMOTE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
• Update everyone’s emergency contact information.
• Host a disaster preparedness class at your business
• Get a NOAA Weather Radio for every facility.
• Distribute an updated copy of the facility emergency plan.
• Provide business continuity training.
• Conduct office evacuation/shelter-in-place exercises and drills.
• Promote emergency preparedness messages.
• Review your company’s emergency plans.
More information about these emergency preparedness (including factsheets, checklists, data and other resources) is provided on the HSEM Weather Safety and National Weather Service, Chanhassen websites.
Blain Johnson, Lac qui Parle County Emergency Management Director