Sheriff Jeff Norlin announces that Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed April 15-19, 2013, as Severe Weather Awareness Week and Meeker County will participate in this important week.
Since 2000 disasters have claimed the lives of 21 Minnesotans and caused more than $373 million in federally declared damages. Meeker County has been included in two of these declared disasters, the first declaration was from the July 2011 storms that hit the southwest portion of Meeker County and the second declaration was from the June 2012 storms that hit the west central portion of Meeker County.
Sheriff Norlin says that these disasters and weather events can affect a large portion of our community, so the whole community should be part of emergency preparedness. Our hope is all residents will take the time during this week to re-assess their personal emergency plans and supplies.
This year, each day during severe weather awareness week, is devoted to a specific topic, they are: Monday – Alerts and Warnings, Tuesday – Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail, Wednesday – Floods, Thursday – Tornadoes, Friday – Extreme Heat
Sheriff Norlin adds that on Thursday, April 18, the Sheriff’s Office will be conducting two statewide tornado drills, one at 1:45 p.m. and one at 6:55 p.m., setting storm sirens off throughout Meeker County. The reason for the later simulated tornado warning at 6:55 p.m. is twofold. Storms do happen later in the day, and almost everyone is in a different location later in the evening, and this gives everyone a chance to think what they would do in this evening situation, at home, outside, away from home, and the like.
Sheriff Norlin asks everyone to take time to familiarize yourself with severe weather issues and have these discussions at home as well to ensure your family’s safety. You can find additional information from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website at: https://dps.mn.gov.