Severe Weather Awareness Week

Brandon Weathers
Updated: April 08, 2019 06:55 PM

Is your home severe weather ready? April 8-12 is Severe Weather Araweness Week in Minnesota and Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. Douglas County emergency management director Keith Kesler says it's a time for every family and business to make sure they have a plan in place ahead of the severe season.

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This should include an emergency kit with unperishable food and water to last 72 hours. It's also important to plan a safe location, like a basement, in the event of severe weather. "If you don’t have a basement, find the lowest level of your home, try and get into a bedroom or a closet, something central,” Kesler said.

If caught in a storm on the road, Kesler said, "parking under an overpass is not a safe thing to do. First, you're probably not going to outrun the tornado. You're going to want to get out of the vehicle and get into a very low spot."

With storms developing rapidly, staying informed is key to staying safe. "Every home, every business, should have a weather radio," Kesler said. "We not only use them for weather, but we also use them for other types of emergencies, if we need evacuations and those kind of things."

We can get all kinds of severe weather this time of year specifically. "We will go from the supposed blizzard that we're going to get later this week into forest fire weather in just a matter of several days, closely followed by, as the temperatures rise, we start getting into the severe tornado, thunderstorm, high wind, downburst scenarios. So over the course of several weeks, we cans see just about the gambit of weather," Kesler said.

The sound of Severe Weather Awareness Week will be heard Thursday as both Minnesota and Wisconsin have statewide tornado drills.


Brandon Weathers

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