Severe Weather Awareness


National Severe Weather Awareness Week: April 8th-12th, 2019

Washington County partners with the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and the National Weather Service to promote severe weather preparedness.

Severe Weather Awareness Week Daily Topics:

Statewide Tornado Drill: April 11th, 2019, 1:45pm and 6:45 pm

Being prepared for an emergency can be overwhelming, so take it one small step at a time and you will be prepared in no time! An easy, inexpensive way to be prepared is to have a Communication Plan. Your family may not be together when an emergency happens so it is important to plan in advance. You can start by asking yourself these questions:

How will you get to a safe place?

How will you contact one another?

How will you get back together?

What you will do in different situations?

What would you do if cell phone towers were down and you could not use your cell phone?

Helpful Hint: If cell phones are working, send a text message unless you are in immediate danger. Texts often have an easier time getting through during emergencies and you do not want to tie up phone lines needed by emergency responders (like 911).

For a template communications plan, please visit FEMA's website.

You can always find more information by following us on the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page

You can also find helpful information at: or

Alerts and Warnings information:

Outdoor Warning Sirens

See the attached map for outdoor warning siren locations in Washington County.

See the attached flyer for more information on when sirens are activated.