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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Tornado Preparation [AUDIO]

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UNDATED — Our coverage of Severe Weather Awareness Week continues today with topic of how to prepare for the threat of a tornado.

Two statewide tornado drills are scheduled to take place today at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m.  Two statewide tornado drills are scheduled to take place today. During that time you and your family are encouraged to practice your tornado safety plan.

In Minnesota, tornadoes are most common in May, June and July. The National Weather Service will issue either a tornado watch or a tornado warning. A watch means that conditions are optimal for producing a tornado.

A warning indicates that a tornado has been sighted and you should seek immediate shelter. Todd Krause is a warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. He says tornadoes don’t always appear the way we would expect them to.

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In a warning situation it is vital that you stay away from windows, doors and outside walls. Your safety shelter should be located in a basement if possible or an interior structure closest the the ground level.

The Stearns County Emergency Management Department suggests that you become familiar with your local emergency shelter locations. Create an emergency supply kit that includes drinking water, first aide, flash lights, a battery powered radio and other survival items.

Severe Weather Awareness Wee continues tomorrow with the topic of how to prepare yourself for heat-related emergencies.

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