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.