Severe Weather Awareness Week

Severe Weather Awareness Week
Posted on 04/14/2021

It’s Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week. Since 1960, nearly two-thirds of federally declared disasters in Hennepin County have been due to tornadoes and other severe weather. Severe Weather Awareness Week is the perfect time to prepare for the upcoming severe weather season.

On Thursday, April 15, Hennepin County will participate in the statewide tornado drill. Outdoor warning sirens throughout New Hope and the county will sound twice – once at 1:45 p.m. for those in schools and businesses and a second at 6:45 p.m. for families.

Siren Safety
Outdoor sirens sound when the National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning and/or if there are sustained straight-line winds in excess of 70 miles per hour in the area. While the county activates the sirens, the cities within Hennepin County purchase and maintain the equipment.

  • Obey the Sirens – When sirens sounds, seek shelter immediately and tune to local weather on the television, radio or a weather radio. Unless it’s monthly testing on the first Wednesday of the month, it’s a real warning and should be taken seriously.
  • Be Weather Aware – Know the weather forecast when you start the day and stay aware of the weather throughout the day when severe weather is possible.
  • Know Where to Shelter – Conditions can change quickly. If you see violent/threatening conditions, seek shelter and tune to local media. Take the time to learn and practice the emergency procedures at home, your workplace or your school.


This article adapted from information provided by Hennepin County and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.