Statewide Tornado Drills
The most important events during Severe Weather Awareness Week are the two annual statewide tornado drills. In Minnesota, the 2023 statewide tornado drills are scheduled for Thursday, April 20. Outdoor warning sirens will sound in a simulated tornado warning. The first drill is intended for institutions and businesses. The evening drill is intended for second shift workers and families.
How to Participate
If you are interested in some ideas on how you, your family, business, or your community can participate in Severe Weather Awareness Week, check out some ideas on this list (PDF). Educators, leaders or communicators may want to use this Severe Weather Awareness Week (PDF) to help deliver this information.
Why Severe Weather Awareness Week?
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota experiences an average of 29 tornadoes per year. In 2021, Minnesota recorded 64 tornadoes, including 22 on December 15 alone, which were the latest reported tornadoes on record. A record was set in 2010 with 113 tornadoes touching down across the state. Understanding this threat and knowing what to do when a tornado is approaching can save lives. Take advantage of Severe Weather Awareness Week to review your own and your family's emergency procedures and prepare for weather-related hazards.
Each day of the week focuses on a different weather safety topic:
Check each page link above for specific information about these topics, including factsheets, checklists, data and other resources.