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.
Each day of the week focuses on a different weather safety topic.
Click each link below to visit the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's information page.
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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.