According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDPS), Minnesota experiences an average of 29 tornadoes per year. A record was set in 2010, when 113 tornadoes touched down across the state.
Minnesota’s Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 17–21, and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (MNDPS) and the Golden Valley Fire Department want to ensure all community members are educated and prepared if the worst happens. This will include state-wide tornado drills on Thursday, April 20, at 1:45 and 6:45 pm..
The City will also test its emergency notification system, GV Emergency, Monday, April 17, at 6 pm. This test message will be going out to residents of Golden Valley.
Each day of Severe Weather Awareness Week focuses on a different weather safety topic:
Prepare Your Family
- Create an emergency plan with your entire family so everyone knows what to do in the event of severe weather, like a tornado.
- Practice your family plan during the state-wide tornado drills April 20. Use this time to build an emergency kit.
- Check with places your family spends time, such as schools, workplaces, and churches, to learn what their emergency plans are. Share these plans with your entire family, and talk about what you would do if your family was not together during a disaster.
For more information about severe weather awareness, visit the MNDPS website.