With the upcoming Severe Weather Season. Yankton County Emergency Management in conjunction with National Weather service will hold our annual Severe Weather Awareness Training. The training will be held on April 10, beginning at 7:00 pm, at the Fire Station # 2 Yankton Fire Station #2 201 West 23rd Street, Yankton SD. The National Weather Service will have a spoke person to host the event. The Event is open to the public.
We will doing a Mock Tornado Drill on April 24, the drill begins at 10:00 am with a tornado watch, then at 10:15 there will be a tornado warning. We will be sounding all the storm sirens in Yankton County to make sure they are working properly, weather pending.
With the upcoming severe weather season us the following information to protect you and your family. Develop a plan for you and your family at home, work, school, and when outdoors. The American Red Cross offers tips at: http://www.redcross.org/index.jsp
Practice Your Plan
- Know the risk for the area in which you live or visit. NWS warnings
identify locations in the path of approaching severe weather.
- Have a Public Alert™ certified NOAA Weather Radio and battery backup
to receive warnings.
- Discuss thunderstorm safety with all members of your household.
- NWS watches and warnings are available on the Internet. Select and
- Keep in mind that even though the weather may be calm at the time a
Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Watch or Warning is issued for your
area, conditions can rapidly deteriorate and become life threatening.
Always heed warnings even if warnings issued for your area in the past
did not result in severe weather. Don’t gamble with your life.
- Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms can and do occur at any location,
any time of day or night, and any time of year given the right atmospheric
- Tune into your favorite radio or television weather information source for
severe weather watch and warning information.
- If severe weather threatens, check on people who are elderly, very
young, or physically or mentally disabled.
- Having a safe room in your home or small business can help provide
“near-absolute protection” for you and your family or your employees
from injury or death caused by extreme winds. By near-absolute
protection we mean that there is a very high probability the occupants
of a safe room built according to current guidance will avoid injury
or death. Information on how to build a Safe Room (shown in the
photo at right) in your home or school is available from FEMA at:
(posted Friday, April 05, 2013)