April 17-21 is Severe Weather Awareness Week
Severe Weather Awareness Week
During this week, individuals, families, businesses and schools are encouraged to create or update emergency plans for home and work, and practice an emergency exercise or drill.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety will be conducting two statewide tornado drills. Severe weather sirens will be activated at 1:45 and 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 in Burnsville and neighboring communities. Residents are encouraged to practice their tornado drills at these times.
Weather Radio and Weather Alerts
Residents are encouraged to purchase a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio and sign up for weather alerts. The National Weather Service (NWS) and many local media outlets offer electronic alerting services that provide email, RSS feed or text messages to cell phones, computers or other devices, either directly or via services such as Facebook, Twitter or others. These messages are available by voluntary subscription and can provide local information on weather, including watches and warnings. The list below includes a sampling of various electronic alerting services in Minnesota:
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Outdoor Warning Sirens
What triggers siren activation by the Dakota County Communications (DCC) staff?
Does the DCC always set off the sirens for the entire county when only a portion of the county is in the
If the weather warning includes all of Dakota County, the sirens will sound countywide. Sirens can also be activated by zones [see map] or by individual cities within Dakota County as determined by information the DCC receives from the NWS or local officials.
Who actually activates the sirens at the DCC?
DCC supervisors activate the sirens.
How long do the sirens run during a warning activation?
The sirens automatically shut off after three minutes.