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      Are You Prepared for Minnesota's Extreme Weather?

      Posted on April 23, 2014 at 1:22 PM

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      A storm cloud looms over Minnesota water. Photo credit to Flickr user JCK.

      When severe weather is in the forecast, are you prepared? Governor Dayton declared this week to be “Severe Weather Awareness Week” to ensure that Minnesotans know how to protect themselves and their property during severe weather events.

      Severe weather such as tornadoes, hail, winds, floods, and heat waves take physical, emotional and financial tolls on Minnesotans each year. In 2010, Minnesota set a state record with 104 tornadoes across the state, many of which left behind disastrous wreckage. Understanding the threat of severe weather and knowing how to react is essential and can even save lives.

      In alignment with the goals of the “Unsession,” Governor Dayton supports legislation that would eliminate unnecessary special sessions during times of disaster. The Disaster Relief Reform initiative would avoid costly special legislative sessions and shift the focus to a swift distribution of aid where disaster strikes.

      “When severe weather damages homes and businesses, or a major flood tears through a community, Minnesotans need help as quickly as possible,” said Governor Dayton.

      The Unsession is working to build an efficient citizen-serving government, especially in times of emergency.Severe Weather Awareness Week brings to light for Minnesotans how severe weather can affect them, the best ways to prepare, and how the state is prepared to help.

      Head over to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website for more information on Severe Weather Awareness Week and to learn how to best protect yourself and your family.