Cities across South Dakota will conduct a state-wide tornado drill on Wednesday, April 21 at 10:15 a.m. Grant County will test their sirens at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 22.
The drills are planned in conjunction with South Dakota Severe Weather Awareness Week observed from April 19-23. Kevin Schuelke, Grant County Emergency Management director, says, “This is also a good time to make plans for severe weather. Test your NOAA all-hazard radio and change the batteries.”
Schuelke says, “Grant County and Milbank use outdoor sirens to alert volunteer firefighters and to warn citizens of severe weather, including tornados. Please listen at 10 a.m. on Thursday to educate yourself of the difference. Keep in mind, sirens rotate.”
Warnings include:The Fire Siren – Wavering tone of 15 seconds or less
Tornado Siren – Steady blast that lasts for an extended amount of time
In the event of an actual tornado Schuelke says , “When you hear the tornado siren, go inside. Turn to the local media or NOAA weather radio to get more information and be ready to take shelter.