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Don’t be indifferent to realities of weather

April 20, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith

Minnesota is wrapping up Severe Weather Awareness Week. With a monster storm system already having made its way through the Plains and Midwest last weekend, the reality of spring and the weather it spawns is upon us.

Local and state officials partner with the National Weather Service to offer the week's reminders about remaining safe during storm season. While many people may be blase about weather safety reminders, we think the effort is a good one.

Severe weather awareness isn't just about knowing what to do when there is a tornado warning. Bad weather includes everything from lightning strikes, to hail, to strong winds, to heat, to flooding and flash floods. Martin County is affected by each of these, including flooding, to which the residents of Truman can attest.

Something we have taken from the suggestions offered by experts this week is to be prepared. Have a plan for you and your family should severe weather strike. Sign up for the CodeRED warning system, which offers immediate warnings about dangerous storms. Listen to local radio or area TV stations. Have an emergency kit handy. Given power outages, be prepared with battery-powered equipment or generators. Think about others:?Check on neighbors, and have an efficient system to inform family that you and yours are safe.

Stormy weather is a part of life that people can safely ride out. They just need to take it seriously and put safety first.



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