Severe Weather Awareness
Minnesota Sever Weather Awareness Week is April 17 - 21, 2017
Statewide Tornado Drills are Thursday, April 20
During the week, the Department of Public Safety and the National Weather Service will be promoting severe weather safety and emergency preparedness information in the media. In addition, statewide tornado drills will be held Thrusday, April 20 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
This is the perfect time for families, communities, schools, and local businesses to review and talk about their emergency plans and how they can prepare for the upcoming severe weather season.
Each day of the week highlights an important seasonal weather safety topic.
- Monday Alerts and Warnings
- Tuesday Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail
- Wednesday Floods
- Thursday Tornadoes (with statewide tornado drills)
- Friday Extreme Heat
The Saint Paul Department of Emergency Management is responsible for coordination of the City's response to emergency situations and disasters such as:
- Severe weather
- National events
- Hazardous material incidents
- Mass casualty incidents
- Acts of terrorism
- And much more
To accomplish this the Department of Emergency Management has developed the City's Emergency Operations Plan, or the EOP. This plan provides the framework upon which the City of St. Paul prepares for, responds to, and performs its emergency response functions.
Be Prepared, Make a Plan
There are many things that can occur unexpectedly. It is good to be prepared and have a plan in place. You can find ways to develop a plan and keep your family/business safe.
Emergency Alerts in Saint Paul
You may sign up to be to receive Emergency Alerts. To receive these alerts, you can enter your contact information on Ramsey County's site.
OUTDOOR SIREN ACTIVATION
Counties and cities own the sirens, and therefore decide how and when to activate them. The National Weather Service does not sound them.
Sirens are activated for:
- Monthly test (1st Wednesday of every month at 1 PM)
- Tornado warnings
- All severe thunderstorm warnings with winds in excess of 70 MPH
- Sirens normally sound for about three minutes, and then go silent
- There is no such thing as an "all-clear" for storms
What to do when sirens are activated:
- When sirens are sounded they are to alert people outside of an impending severe weather event.
- If you hear the sirens immediately stop what you are doing, go indoors and tune into your favorite radio or tv station for further details or seek shelter immediately.
- To receive severe weather warnings indoors, Emergency Management and the National Weather Service recommend the purchase of a weather radio, which can be found on-line and can be purchased from local electronic stores. These radios can be programmed for your specific County and can sound for a variety of weather events.
Red Cross Emergency Apps
The Red Cross provides a number of mobile apps to help prepare for disasters, including Floods, Tornados and Wildfires.