Weather in Minnesota varies seasonally from warm and humid in the summer, to cold and snowy in the winter. While we can't prevent hazardous weather, there are some simple steps everyone can take to stay safe and protect themselves:
For more than 25 years, every April, the State of Minnesota conducts a Severe Weather Awareness Week in partnership with the National Weather Service and local governments. A statewide tornado drill is part of that event.
The Severe Weather Awareness Week campaign helps teach Minnesotans about weather hazards and provides resources to minimize the risks associated with severe weather. Using the Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week website as a guide, everyone is encouraged to make a plan, build an emergency kit and practice drills.
Getting safety-ready for winter might include: having a survival kit in your car, changing the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector and staying well-hydrated and correctly clothed during outdoor fun.
To help everyone minimize the risks and hazards of winter, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety in collaboration with the National Weather Service sponsors "Winter Hazard Awareness Week" during the month of November. This week is designed to educate and reinforce simple behaviors and actions that lead to a safe and enjoyable winter season.