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Be prepared for severe weather!

April 9, 2017 10:57 AM
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Tornado drill

Severe weather season is just around the corner.  Our greatest risk for severe weather is from May to July, but severe weather can strike at any time. 

The best way to protect yourself and your family is to be prepared. 

Know the difference between watches and warnings

Thunderstorm watch

A severe thunderstorm watch means weather conditions are favorable for a severe thunderstorm to develop.

Thunderstorm warning

A severe thunderstorm warning means a severe thunderstorm has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.

Tornado watch

A tornado watch means weather conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes.

Tornado warning

A tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.

What to do during watches

If a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch has been issued for our area, keep informed of weather conditions.

What to do during warnings

If a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning is issued for our area, take cover immediately! The City of Brooklyn Park has 11 warning sirens throughout the city to warn the citizens of approaching severe weather. When the siren sounds, take action immediately!

At home

If you are in your home, go to the lowest level and seek shelter in a small room or hallway, away from windows.

Outdoors or in a vehicle

If you are outdoors, try to get inside a building and find a small, protected space with no doors or windows. If you are not able to gain access to a building, crouch for protection beside a strong structure. If a building is not available, seek a ditch or low spot. If a tornado is approaching, do not try to outrun it in your car.

Emergency supplies to have readily available

  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery operated radio
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency food and water
  • Blankets, sleeping bags, etc.


The key to survival is being prepared. Conduct tornado drills and designate an area in your home as a shelter for severe weather.



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