Spring in Minnesota is a time for us to dig ourselves out of the snow and enjoy warmer, sun-filled days. However, with the change in seasons comes a greater chance of severe weather. As temperatures rise, so does the potential for thunderstorms, tornadoes, and other extreme weather. From damaging winds to hailstorms and flash floods, spring weather in Minnesota can be unpredictable and dangerous. Preparing for emergencies before they happen is the best way to reduce both the danger and the chances of being caught by surprise.
Have an Emergency Plan
Have a plan in place before an emergency occurs. This is especially true for people with disabilities, who may need to think carefully about the services and supports they need if their lives are suddenly disrupted. The Minnesota Council on Disability’s Emergency Plan for People with Disabilities can help you gather this information in one convenient place. Folks who know what they need during an emergency tend to recover faster, especially when organizations like FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) are involved.
What Information Do I Need?
We highly recommend that you fill out both the Important Information form (PDF) and the Medical Information form (PDF) and keep them in a safe place.
What Should I Take, or Keep, with Me?
Different types of emergencies will require you to take different actions. For example, a flash flood may require you to evacuate to a shelter, while a tornado may mean you must shelter in place. Whether you go or stay, our checklists for a Go and Stay Bag will help in any emergency.
How Should I Store My Information?
- Keep the completed forms on a personal device, such as a phone or tablet so you have them with you.
- If you don’t have access to electronic devices, know where printed versions are kept.
Regardless of the emergency, it is important that you stay informed during situations that can change quickly.
- For general emergency information and weather forecasts, follow your local radio, television, or news media outlets.
- For local flood forecasts, visit the National Weather Service Twin Cities’ 2023 Spring Flood Outlook.
- For more information on preparing for a flood, visit Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Spring Flooding page.
Be safe by being prepared!