This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota and Wisconsin, dedicated to educating people about the seasonal threats of severe weather, and providing preparedness resources. It’s an excellent time to create or update your emergency plan for your home and workplace, and build or refresh your emergency preparedness kit.

Thursday the sirens will sound at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. throughout the county. This will allow individuals and families to locate their safe area at home and practice what they will do when severe weather warnings are issued. No other emergency notifications will be provided on Thursday. If you live outside of the city limits and do not hear the sirens sounding, emergency planners encourage you to create an emergency plan and locate your safe area.

If severe weather is in the forecast, the sirens will not be sounded. Due to the pandemic, businesses are asked to not allow their employees to meet in one location but provide reminders of the safe location(s) and provide information on how they will notify their staff when a warning is issued.

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