Severe Weather Week altered amid pandemic

This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota.

The week is designed to refresh, remind and educate the public of the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to prepare to deal with them.

Each day of the week focuses on a different weather safety topic:

  • Monday: Alerts & Warnings

  • Tuesday: Severe Weather, Lighting and Hail

  • Wednesday: Floods

  • Thursday: Tornadoes (with statewide tornado drills)

  • Friday: Extreme Heat

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, which has severely affected our area and nation, Crow Wing County will be limiting participation in this year’s SWAW events to press releases and social media posts in order to continue focusing on the COVID-19 hazard that is occurring. Therefore, outdoor warning sirens will not sound on Thursday, April 16, nor will a test of the weather radios or EAS be sent out from the National Weather Service. This will reduce emergency messaging and potential mixed communications that are being conveyed to the public during this time.
Families and employers are still encouraged to be aware of severe weather hazards during this summer season, ensure plans are in place for sheltering and have an emergency kit.

More information can be found at

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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