MANKATO (TEC News) - As the Mankato area moves into the summer months, it's important for area residents to be prepared for severe weather.
Since severe weather can occur without any warning, it's important to be prepared for any situation at any location. Knowing what to do can reduce the risks associated with severe weather.
If severe weather is forecasted, it's important to stay alert. Residents who are outside should listen for outdoor-warning sirens, which have been strategically placed throughout Mankato.
It's also recommended that residents have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration approved weather radio. These radios broadcast continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office.
If a tornado warning were to be issued, shelter should be taken in a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor. Those in mobile homes should seek shelter in an underground or permanent shelter. And those who are outside, should seek shelter in a sturdy building.
For more information about preparing for severe weather, contact city staff at 387-8795.