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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Don’t be fooled if you hear tornado sirens around the Twin Cities metro this week. It’s time to get ready for when severe weather could strike.

It’s been almost two years since a devastating tornado ripped through north Minneapolis, and it serves as a good reminder for the procedures take when severe weather approaches your area. It’s hard to think about right now with the cold spring and snowy weather we’ve had lately, but now is the perfect time to get a refresher on what to do when a storm hits.

Experts said it’s important to have a plan in place, have a kit with proper supplies and have a weather radio handy when severe weather strikes. Important items to have in a severe weather kit include a first aid kit, water, a flashlight in the event you lose power and food.

Officials said when a tornado or severe weather hits, it’s crucial to get to a lower level in your home because most injuries happen when you get hit by flying debris. Severe weather season isn’t far away, so now is the time to make sure you’re ready for it.

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