Tornado drills help kids prepare for severe weather

9:42 PM, Apr 19, 2012   |    comments
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EDINA, Minn. -- On Thursday, two sirens went off in Minnesota in order to test the systems put in place that are meant to warn and keep the public safe.

Drills like these get people to think of what they would do in case of severe weather and help people prepare for the worst.

The tornado drills on Thursday at Countryside Elementary showed us that many of the students there already knew quite a bit about staying safe, both at home, and at school, but it doesn't hurt to learn more.

The KARE 11 weather team spent the day with third graders at the Edina elementary school. Thanks to Principal Karen Bergman and her staff, especially Mr. William Wiard, and all of the students for helping us with spread the word about how important it is to have a plan in the case of severe weather.

There are thousands of outdoor warning sirens dotting every county in Minnesota. They are sounded and maintained by each community and each of those areas has their own policies and procedures in place. Some areas sound them for hail and strong winds, some just for tornadoes and some sound them for curfews.

If you want to find out the siren policy in your own county, you should call the local county or city emergency management office and ask. For more information, visit

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