Audio: Severe Weather Awareness Week

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Apr 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) As the temperatures rise, so does the threat of severe weather in Minnesota.

With that in mind, the National Weather Service has designated this week as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota.

Stearns County Emergency Manager Erin Hausauer says it's a time to remind Minnesotans about storms, lightning, wind, floods and tornadoes, and to provide people with information to protect their lives when severe weather threatens.

On Thursday, a pair of statewide tornado drills will be conducted, the first at 1:45 pm to allow schools and businesses to practice their emergency plans, and another at 6:55 pm for families to practice their plans at home.

Hausauer says, "dangerous storms are common in Minnesota, and the consequences can be serious."

Hausauer says the week represents a chance for people to review their safety plans

Hausauer says having a storm shelter plan is something people should take seriously

Hausauer says too often--curiosity seekers go outside to look at bad weather instead of seeking shelter

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