Tornado drills part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 15 - 19

Because severe weather can threaten the lives and property of 
Minnesotans at any time, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed April 15-19 
as Severe Weather Awareness Week.
On Thursday, April 18, Cook County will join with the National Weather 
Service in statewide tornado drills at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Plan to 
participate with your colleagues in the afternoon and with your family 
at home in the evening.
A NOAA weather radio set to “Alert” will automatically notify you of 
tornado drills and real weather and other emergencies. They can also 
provide lights, radio and cell phone chargers during power outages, 
and can be recharged themselves by solar panels or hand cranks. Many 
models are available at retail outlets or online.
Subscribe to get free community alerts from Cook County Dispatch. This 
system, combined with other emergency alert methods, is designed to 
get emergency messages to the public quickly and effectively. This 
does not preclude you from calling 911 if you need emergency 
information; it simply provides an opportunity for the county to 
disseminate critical information if and when the need arises.
Go to http://www.co.cook.mn.us/ click on Outbound 9-1-1 Emergency 
Notification System and provide the information requested on the form. 
As of Dec. 18, 2012 there are 5,556 land lines and 153 cell phones 
registered for this service. The Emergency Notification System will be 
tested during the tornado drill on April 18.
Residents can also build a basic home survival kit that includes food 
and water for three days, a radio and flashlight, first aid, and 
personal items like toilet paper. A smaller “grab and go” evacuation 
kit should contain emergency contact information, medications, spare 
eyewear and documentation of pets, medical information, insurance, etc.
For more information visit www.SevereWeather.state.mn.us.