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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sirens Will Sound During Two Tornado Drills

Outdoor sirens across Minnesota will sound at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. in a test of the warning and communications systems ahead of severe weather season. Most radio, TV, cable stations and NOAA Weather Radios will participate in the drill with warning messaging and alerts. The tornado drills provide Minnesotans an opportunity to practice their sheltering plans at work and at home with their families.
 
1:00 p.m.  All six weather National Weather Service offices that serve Minnesota will issue a simulated tornado watch (TOA).  NOAA Weather Radios will activate with the real TOA code.
 
1:45 p.m.  The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado warning (TOR) for Minnesota counties. Note that most cities and counties will activate outdoor warning siren systems. NOAA Weather Radios will activate with the real TOR code.
 
2:00 p.m. The National Weather Service will issue an "End of Test" message using the Severe Weather Statement product.  No alarm on weather radio.
 
6:55 pm.  The National Weather Service offices will issue another simulated tornado warning (TOR).  NOAA Weather Radios will activate with the real TOR code.
 
7:10 pm.  The National Weather Service will issue an "End of Test" message using the Severe Weather Statement product.  No alarm on weather radio.
 
Outdoor warning systems
·         Sirens are outdoor warning systems that indicate an emergency and are not designed to be heard indoors.
·         When sirens are sounded, people should go inside to seek additional information from other sources including NOAA Weather Radios, TV, radio, cable systems and the internet. 
·         Counties and cities own, operate and maintain all local sirens, and set their own policy on how and when to activate them. Check with your local county emergency manager to find out local siren policies.
 
More information
·         More information on Thursday's statewide drills can be found here
·         Click here for more information on where to seek shelter during a tornado event.
·         Severe Weather Awareness Week information can be found on Minnesota's Homeland Security and Emergency Management website.

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