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Posted on: May 2, 2018

Severe Summer Weather Awareness Week: Be Prepared

Wednesday - Sirens and Drills

HOW TO BE PREPARED FOR SEVERE WEATHER:

1. What's the plan? - Take time to know the plan for severe weather at your workplace, school, home, etc. Work with your family to ensure everyone knows the plan. Participate in emergency drills and know where your nearest shelter is..

2. What's that sound? - During severe weather, you may hear a siren. The sirens are intended to warn citizens of imminent threats such as tornadoes or chemical releases. They warn people who are outside to seek indoor shelter. These sirens are tested at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. If you hear the siren at a different time, take shelter! (Sirens will be tested periodically today, May 2, and Friday, May 4 for maintenance.)

3. Stay tuned! - Always have multiple ways to receive severe weather info. Storm radios, televisions, computers or cellphones are great to have around. Be sure to have extra batteries in case of loss of electricity. Get alert phone calls/texts by signing up for important alerts at: http://westfargond.gov/159/CodeRED-Alerts. Make use of other resources, like the US National Weather Service Grand Forks North Dakota at https://www.weather.gov/ too.

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