Monday, April 15, 2013

Get Ready for Severe Weather!

It is somewhat difficult to think about outbreaks of severe spring/summer weather when the Minnesota landscape remains snow covered on the unusually late date of April 15th. But, although warm weather has so far been elusive in the upper Midwest, at some point in the near future spring will finally arrive, and with it will come the ever present risk for outbreaks of severe weather. With that thought in mind, the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) has designated the week of April 15-19 as Severe Weather Awareness Week. To go along with that designation, the HSEM team has put together an excellent website that has a different "threat topic" for each day of the week. The site also has detailed reference materials for each threat that can be viewed by clicking on the topic for the day. Additionally, as has been the case for many years, a day has been set aside for a statewide tornado drill, this year on April 18th. Website, reference materials, and expanded details can be found at the link below:

Comment: In support of the HSEM effort, the good folks at Minnesota's InfraGard Chapter have been running a post on various smart phone and tablet apps that are applicable to this subject. That's something I would normally give you a complete run down on, but I'm currently dealing with a localized severe weather event. It's a microburst called: Tax Day 2013.....

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