It's Severe Weather Awareness Week and today (Thursday) are two statewide mock tornado warnings set for 1:45 pm and 6:45 pm. The afternoon test is designated for businesses and schools to practice their plans, and the evening test is for families and homes.

Today is a good day to discuss plans for tornado warnings with your friends, families, and co-workers. Making sure young children know what to do and where to go in these situations, even in the absence of an adult, is so important - like going to a designated shelter or central windowless room. Take some time to know where things like a radio, flashlight, and other emergency items are located.

A reminder also, is that warning sirens are designed to provide warnings to people outside. Don't rely on them for notifications inside a home. One local way to stay informed is by signing up with Kandiyohi County's Smart 911 program:

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