The National Weather Service and the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management & the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have declared April 21st through the 25th as Severe Weather Awareness Week in both South Dakota and Minnesota. In South Dakota, the Statewide Tornado will be conducted on Wednesday, April 23rd. If the drill needs to be postponed due to thunderstorm activity, it will be conducted on Thursday, April 24th. In Minnesota, the statewide tornado drill is scheduled for Thursday, April 24th, with Friday, the 25th being the "postponement" date.
Drill schedule for South Dakota on Wednesday, April 23rd:
10:00 AM CDT: Test Tornado Watch Issued by NWS
10:15 AM CDT: Test Tornado Warning Issued by NWS. Outdoor sirens activated by Emergency Managers in most cities & counties.
10:30 AM CDT: The Statewide Drill ends
Drill Schedule for Minnesota on Thursday, April 24th:
1:00 PM CDT: The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado watch for Minnesota.
1:45 PM CDT: The National Weather Service will issue a test tornado warning. Note that most cities and counties will activate outdoor warning siren systems.
2:00 PM CDT: The National Weather Service will issue an "End of Test" message using the Severe Weather Statement product.
6:55 PM CDT: Another test tornado warning will be issued.
7:10 PM CDT: The second drill ends.
The 6:55 PM CDT warning will be issued by the six National Weather Service offices that serve Minnesota. It will be issued as a test of family preparedness in the home and for second shift workers.
The test tornado warnings, will use the actual TOR code (tornado warning) in order to fully test the emergency communication, including the Emergency Alert System and the NOAA Weather Radios.
We hope everyone participates in the statewide drills to fully test their tornado safety plan! If you have any questions concerning the drill or severe weather safety measures, please contact your County Emergency Manager or the National Weather Service. You can also find more severe weather information on our Weather Preparedness Page.