Severe Weather Awareness Week is this week

While it seems like we just got through the winter season, it is now time to start thinking about the potential for the upcoming severe weather season.

This week has been designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state.  South Dakota Office of Emergency Management Director Tina Titze says this is a good time to start thinking about what to do when severe thunderstorms or tornadoes impact the state.

The 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 be held on Wednesday.  The test watch is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, with the test warning issued at 10:15.  In most communities, severe weather sirens will be sounded.

More information on preparing for severe weather can be found on the state’s website.