Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 8 – 12, 2024

​Are you ready for severe weather? Each year, Steele County coordinates with the MN Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) in collaboration with the National Weather Service sponsors Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. The week is designed to refresh, remind and educate everyone about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to avoid them. It’s also a great time to make and practice your emergency plan and build or refresh your emergency preparedness kit.   

Statewide Tornado Drills 

The most important events during Severe Weather Awareness Week are the two annual statewide tornado drills. 
In Minnesota, the 2024​ statewide tornado drills are scheduled for Thursday, April 11 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. CDT​​​.  
Outdoor warning sirens will sound in a simulated tornado warning. The first drill is intended for institutions and businesses. The evening drill is intended for second shift workers and families. See Steele County Outdoor Warning Sirens Fact Sheet on sirens


To stay up to date for any weather or safety alerts, go to Everbridge and register. 

Sign up for Everbridge Emergency Notification System at

Click here for additional information about Everbridge.


Welcome to Steele County Emergency Management

Steele County Emergency Management maintains an on-call state of readiness twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This is accomplished by the dedication of three Emergency Management staff:

Our volunteer programs include:

  • CERT – Community Emergency Response Team
  • SKYWARN – Severe Weather Spotter program
  • RACES – Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service
  • CAER – Community Awareness Emergency Response.

These programs are successful because of many volunteers who with the willingness of their family and employers are able to leave at a moment’s notice to serve our community when needed. Our staff and volunteers are well prepared to respond to disasters because of their pride and enthusiasm they show in ongoing training for disaster response. They have been tried and tested during tornadoes, floods and other disasters and have performed extremely well in past disasters. In addition to responding to disasters, our staff and volunteers provide public education opportunities in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

Steele County Emergency Management is also supported by many other groups, including:

We hope this website has provided you with valuable information regarding the emergency management program and our services along with helpful disaster information.

Contact Steele County Emergency Management staff by calling 507-444-7500 or by e-mail at if you have any questions.

Updated 17-Oct-2022