Severe Weather Awareness Week | April 9-13
The most important events during the week are the two annual stateside tornado drills.
Tornado drills are scheduled for:
Thursday, April 12 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
During this week, individuals, families, businesses and schools are encouraged to prepare for the risks of severe weather. Each day of the week focuses on a different weather safety topic.
Who actually activates the sirens?
Sirens are activated by supervisors at the Dakota Communications Center (DCC) based on the above criteria.
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 or by individual cities within Dakota County as determined by information the DCC receives from the National Weather Service or local officials.
How long do the sirens run during a warning activation?
The sirens automatically shut off after three minutes.
Dakota County Emergency Notifications
Sign up for text, email and other alerts about emergencies and important community news through the Dakota Communications Center's Emergency Alert Program.
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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