Tornado drills coming soonLake County will join with the National Weather Service in statewide tornado drills at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. next Thursday, April 22.
Lake County will join with the National Weather Service in statewide tornado drills at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. next Thursday, April 22. Emergency planners say it’s a good time to practice family and business emergency plans by knowing where to go during severe weather.
A siren will sound twice in Two Harbors. Those who subscribed to NIXLE.com community alerts will receive text messages and emails from Lake County. A NOAA weather radio will automatically alert you to emergency announcements, including these two drills if your radio is set to “Alert.”
A warning siren means residents should immediately take shelter in a basement and turn on a radio for more information. If you’re at school or work, or don’t have a basement, go to an interior room and curl up next to or under a large object like a desk, bed or sofa. Stay away from large rooms (like gyms or auditoriums) and rooms with windows. Doorways and stairways are dangerous if the building collapses.
Get out of a mobile home.
If you’re in a car, drive away if you can but stay in the car. Do not get out and lie in a ditch and do not park under a bridge; they are wind tunnels and may collapse.
Planners also say you should have a basic survival kit in your home that includes food and water for three days, a radio and flashlight, first aid, contact information and personal items like medications and toilet paper.
The state has a web site about severe weather at www.severeweather.state.mn.us. After the tornado drill, visit the site to complete a short survey and help state officials educate and respond to tornados in the future.
There is a Lake County Skywarn class at 6:30 p.m. April 27 in Silver Bay. It will teach attendees how to detect and report life-threatening thunderstorms.