Tornado drills part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 15 - 19
Because severe weather can threaten the lives and property of
Minnesotans at any time, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed April 15-19
as Severe Weather Awareness Week.
On Thursday, April 18, Cook County will join with the National Weather
Service in statewide tornado drills at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Plan to
participate with your colleagues in the afternoon and with your family
at home in the evening.
A NOAA weather radio set to “Alert” will automatically notify you of
tornado drills and real weather and other emergencies. They can also
provide lights, radio and cell phone chargers during power outages,
and can be recharged themselves by solar panels or hand cranks. Many
models are available at retail outlets or online.
Subscribe to get free community alerts from Cook County Dispatch. This
system, combined with other emergency alert methods, is designed to
get emergency messages to the public quickly and effectively. This
does not preclude you from calling 911 if you need emergency
information; it simply provides an opportunity for the county to
disseminate critical information if and when the need arises.
Go to http://www.co.cook.mn.us/ click on Outbound 9-1-1 Emergency
Notification System and provide the information requested on the form.
As of Dec. 18, 2012 there are 5,556 land lines and 153 cell phones
registered for this service. The Emergency Notification System will be
tested during the tornado drill on April 18.
Residents can also build a basic home survival kit that includes food
and water for three days, a radio and flashlight, first aid, and
personal items like toilet paper. A smaller “grab and go” evacuation
kit should contain emergency contact information, medications, spare
eyewear and documentation of pets, medical information, insurance, etc.
For more information visit www.SevereWeather.state.mn.us.