This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state. The National Weather Service designates this week for people to start thinking about what to do when severe thunderstorms or tornadoes impact the state.
State Office of Emergency Management director Tina Titze says that severe weather will eventually occur in South Dakota and everyone needs to be prepared for it.
Severe Weather Awareness Week is used by state and local officials to urge people to start making preparations. Titze says it is too late to prepare when the thunderstorm or tornado is already impacting your area.
A statewide tornado drill will not be held this year.
More information on how to prepare for severe weather can be found here.