MN State Emergency Director Advises Preparedness After OK Tornado

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota’s State Emergency Director is advising preparedness in Minnesota after Oklahoma’s tornado.

Kris Eide is Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

When she first saw the tornado in Moore Oklahoma, she thought.

“How would it affect us in Minnesota. I saw a report on the path of the storm, and if it were here, it would go from Chaska to West St Paul,” Eide said.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports

Eide said there are several differences.

“Our homes have basements and the schools are on lower levels,” she said.

Eide said Oklahoma is very prepared.

“They practice, and they have standing mutual aid from Louisiana. They just show up ready to go where they are needed,” she said.

As for being prepared here in Minnesota, Eide suggests that every family has an emergency kit.

“Shelf-safe food, bottled water, a radio with batteries and a whistle,” she said.

Families should also have a plan of action, and phone numbers handy to prevent confusion in the middle of an emergency.

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