March 28th, 2013




Families, Schools, Businesses Should Participate In Tornado Drills April 18th



Severe Weather Awareness Week takes place April 15th–19th this year, with the statewide tornado drills on Thursday, April 18th.

The main event of Severe Weather Awareness Week is the annual statewide tornado drills. These drills are scheduled for Thursday, April 18 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m.  A those times, sirens and NOAA Weather Radios will sound in a simulated tornado warning.  The first drill is intended for institutions and businesses, while the evening drill is intended for second shift workers and especially families. “Every family and business should take this opportunity to put weather emergency plans into action,” says Sheriff Victor Williams. “Tornados follow no pattern, and dangerous thunderstorms are common in Minnesota. There’s no substitute for practice when the real thing comes along.”

According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota experiences an average of 40 tornadoes per year. In 2012, 37 twisters touched down. A record was set in 2010 with 104 tornadoes across the state.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with the National Weather Service, sponsors Severe Weather Awareness Week annually to promote weather knowledge and planning. Their website at contains tornado safety information along with instructions on surviving thunderstorms, hail, straight-line winds, heat waves, floods and lightning. Links to the National Weather Service and the Red Cross provide fascinating weather facts and a variety of downloadable resources for families, teachers and children.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, my contact information is below.

Thanks for your participation.


Marlyn Halvorson
Itasca County Sheriff's Department
Emergency Management Coordinator

440 1st  Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Work phone number: 218-327-7475 Ext. 1483

Direct phone number: 218-327-7483

Cell phone number: 218-910-0546

E-Mail Address:


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