Emergency Management
     Weather Awareness


Severe weather comes in many forms in Minnesota. Thunderstorms, hail, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding can begin in the spring and take place well into the fall. Knowing what to expect and how to respond can make the difference between life and death.

Be prepared for the dangerous weather that comes with our change of seasons. It’s time to remember that it can happen to you – and your survival may depend on understanding weather threats and being ready for them.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) sponsors a Severe Weather Awareness website at  This information will help citizens prepare for the dangers of Minnesota’s weather extremes, and provides links to safety information and learning activities for families, schools and work places.

In addition, an annual statewide tornado drill takes place; this year sirens will sound in Carlton County at 1:45 pm on April 24th. Everyone should take a moment and review their personal circumstances and formulate a plan so they’re ready to move quickly when the time comes, as there is no county in Minnesota that has been spared a weather disaster.

Let’s be sure our people stay safe.

Contact Information

Severe Weather Awareness

Kristine Chapin

MN Department of Public Safety

Todd Krause

National Weather Service
952-361-6670, ext 726

Courtney Johnson

American Red Cross

Carlton County Contact

Brian Belich
Carlton County Emergency Manager 

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