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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Statewide Tornado Drill 1:45 p.m.

01:45 PM - 01:55 PM

Tornado touch down

Outdoor warning sirens will sound at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. as a drill. This is not a real tornado.

During these drills simulated tornado warnings will be issued. All county sirens are expected to sound and NOAA Weather Radios will sound alerts.

Use this time to review and practice your own family and business emergency plans. The 11 outdoor warning sirens in Brooklyn Park are monitored during the afternoon drill to assure they are working properly.

When taking shelter

At work

Look for "Severe Weather Shelter" signs at your place of work. In general, the basement or inner hallway on a lower floor is the safest.

At home

Go to the lowest, smallest, most interior area such as a stairwell, bathroom or closet. Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. Protect your head.

Outdoors or in your vehicle

Take shelter in a nearby building. If there is none, get out of the car and lie flat in the nearest ditch or low-lying area, away from the vehicle. Shield your head with your hands. If possible, seek shelter under a concrete overpass. Never try to out-drive a tornado!

Terms you should know

Tornado watch

Weather conditions favor the development of a tornado.

Tornado warning

A tornado has been sighted or observed on radar.

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