Skywarn weather spotter training is scheduled Tuesday in Brainerd, coinciding with Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota and the statewide tornado drills Thursday. At 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, the National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado warning and outdoor warning sirens will be activated throughout Crow Wing County. At 6:55 p.m., a second drill will take place for families and second-shift workers to practice their sheltering plans.
Crow Wing County reported an informed, involved community is more resilient to disaster, and being prepared helps reduce the risks and costs of hazardous weather events.
This annual public event is designed to remind individuals, families, businesses, schools, and institutions that it’s essential to plan ahead for Minnesota’s severe spring and summer weather. Here are a few simple ideas on how individuals, families, businesses, and schools can do to be prepared for severe weather: create or update your emergency plans; share plans with family and friends; involve neighbors; plan with neighbors; plan with your employers or employees; get a NOAA weather radio; schedule a drill.
Crow Wing County will also be offering a Skywarn weather spotter class 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Crow Wing County Land Service Building meeting rooms one and two. The class is free and open to everyone interested. Skywarn is part of the National Weather Service’s warning program designed to establish a network of volunteers trained in the detection and reporting of life-threatening storms.
For more information about Severe Weather Awareness Week please contact Crow Wing County Emergency Management or go to https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem/weather-awareness-preparedness/Pages/s.... The site contains tornado safety information along with instructions on surviving thunderstorms, hail, straight-line winds, heat waves, floods and lightning.