Tips on Preparing for Severe Weather Awareness Week

Updated: 04/15/2013 7:41 AM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

This week is Minnesota's annual Severe Weather Awareness Week.

State agencies team up with with the National Weather Service and local governments for the information campaign.

The week is designed to teach and remind Minnesotans about weather hazards and provides resources to minimize the risks associated with severe weather, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota experiences an average of 40 tornadoes per year. Last year, 37 twisters touched down in the state. A record was set in 2010 with 104 tornadoes across the state.

Residents are encouraged to make a plan, build an emergency kit and practice their emergency plans. Additional information about the week is available here.

Tornado drills are the main event of Severe Weather Awareness Week. The drills are scheduled for Thursday, April 18 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m.

Each day of the week will focus on a different topic: