This summer's turbulent weather has greened up lawns and plants in the Brainerd lakes area but has also forced residents to keep a wary eye on storm developments.
The stormy weather and some misinformation that was broadcast on the radio earlier this month are incentives to reeducate area residents about our emergency warning system.
The purpose of Crow Wing County's 20 warning sirens in Brainerd and Baxter is to warn people who are outdoors to seek shelter and be on the alert for tumultuous weather.
Radio reports apparently had described siren blasts as "all-clear" signals. That's not the case in Crow Wing County as Emergency Management Director Dave Schuldheisz emphasized last week.
"There's never an "all-clear" sound with the sirens," Schuldheisz said. "Never. None."
When the sirens are blasted people should seek shelter and attempt to listen to broadcast reports of possible severe weather.
The sirens used in the county's emergency warning system are particularly important because of the number of hikers, boaters and campers who might be outside without benefit of any broadcast weather reports. If their own observations of gloomy weather aren't enough to cause them to take action the siren should prompt them to immediately find a safe location.
Enjoy the great outdoors but be weather-wise.
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