The weather is warming up and it won't be long before we start getting our first few bouts of severe weather.

As a result, the Benton County Sheriff's Office is reminding the public that they'll be testing out the civil defense sirens on Thursday, April 15.

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You'll hear the sirens at 1:45 p.m. and again at 6:45 p.m. During this time, you're encouraged to practice a safety plan with your family. You should use this day to formulate your severe weather plan and put together a safety kit for your home.

Schools across Minnesota will be practicing their tornado drill at 1:45 p.m. Several work places are also encouraged to create a plan of their own and practice it today.

According to the Benton County Sheriff's Office, 'We suggest you take the opportunity to ensure you and your family know hot to respond to severe weather safely."

The siren testing coincides with Severe Weather Awareness Week across Minnesota. Today's severe weather topic is, of course, tornados.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety offers several tips on their website to ensure you're prepared when a disaster hits.

You can check out the best course of action to take if you've got a home with a basement, without a basement, if you live in an apartment or condo or if you live in a mobile home, They also lay out a plan for you if you're  at school, an office building, hospital or store when disaster hits.

There are also specific safety tips and protocol you should follow if you find yourself stuck inside of a car or truck or in the open outdoors when a tornado approaches.

You can find all of these tips and more important information on the Department of Public Safety's website. 

Stay safe and put a plan in place, central Minnesota! Let's all stay safe this summer.

Today at 1:45 PM and 6:45 PM the civil defense sirens will sound as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. These two...

Posted by Benton County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, April 15, 2021


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