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DPS Encourages Public Participation in South Dakota’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week





For Immediate Release: Friday, April 16, 2021

Contact:  Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer,  605-280-5648

 

DPS Encourages Public Participation in South Dakota’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Severe weather will happen this summer in South Dakota and officials of the state Department of Public Safety encourage people to be ready.

 

Severe Weather Preparedness Week is April 19-23 in South Dakota. Tina Titze, director of the state Office of Emergency Management, said the week is a good time to start thinking about what to do when severe weather does happen.

 

“Every summer, South Dakota experiences tornadoes, thunderstorms, hail, high winds and heavy rains,” she said. “Each storm presents different challenges, and being prepared is a necessity.”

 

Severe Weather Preparedness Week is used by state and local officials to urge people to start making preparations. A statewide tornado drill will be held starting at 10:15 a.m. (CDT) Wednesday. Titze encourages people to participate in the drill while also making preparations for severe weather.

 

“People need to start asking themselves what to do if they are outside when a thunderstorm begins or if a tornado warning is issued,” she said. “Making such decisions when the severe weather arrives is too late.”

 

For more information on how to prepared for severe weather, click onto https://bready.sd.gov/.

 

The Office of Emergency Management is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

 

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