News: Storm sirens 101 -- Learn how '65 twisters shaped today's storm response

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Carolyn Marinan, Communications: 612-910-9111
Maria Elena Baca, Communications:  612-348-7865

Media advisory

Storm sirens 101: Twisters in 1965 shaped today's storm response

WHO: Hennepin County Emergency Manager Eric Waage and Minnesota Department of Public Safety -- School Safety Center Director Randy Johnson and National Weather Service forecaster Chris Franks

WHAT: Learn about the deadly 1965 Twin Cities tornado outbreak, and the decisions that were taken at the time to prevent fatalities. Hear about how new technologies and ideas continue to improve our emergency response today.  

WHEN: Thursday, April 16, 

  • 1 p.m. news conference
  • 1:45 p.m. Onsite siren will sound. Reporters can view the system that monitors all 261 emergency sirens in Hennepin County.

WHERE:   Hennepin County Emergency Management, 1600 Prairie Drive, Medina

Be safe before the storm

Take precautions every day to ensure your safety if severe weather hits.

  • Be weather aware. Know the weather forecast when you start the day. Keep tabs on the weather as you continue with your day. 
  • Be alert and know where to shelter. If conditions change quickly or you see violent/threatening conditions, seek shelter and tune to local media. Take time today to learn and practice the emergency procedures at your workplace or school.
  • Get a personal warning. Sirens are intended to alert people who are out of doorsInside your home, you may not hear them. Use a NOAA weather radio, a severe weather smartphone app, and stay tuned to local media. Any of these is a good method to get severe weather alerts. 

For more information, visit the Hennepin County Emergency Management or the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Severe Weather Awareness Week webpages.


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