Winter is the signature season of Minnesota. It’s normally a long season of cold temperatures and snow and ice that can last from November through April. Yet, winter doesn’t slow Minne-sotans down; in fact, Minnesotans are just as mobile and active during winter as they are during the summer months – especially outdoors.
Blue Earth County and city of Mankato emergency management staff plan to meet with local third grade elementary students throughout November as part of annual Winter Hazard Awareness activities. Students will have an opportunity to assemble their own winter survival kits; interact with emergency management staff, law enforcement staff and a snowplow operator; view snow removal equipment and learn about snowplow safety.
“We are fortunate to be able to provide this type of fun, yet informative education to students throughout our area,” stated Michael Maurer, Blue Earth County Emergency Management Direc-tor. “It’s important to provide children with life-saving information that they can take home and share with their families.”
In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable winter, it’s critical to be informed and aware of the poten-tial risks and hazards associated with winter weather and how to avoid them. Blue Earth County and the City of Mankato partner annually with the National Weather Service and other state, federal and local agencies, to promote winter safety education. To learn more, visit: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem/weather-awareness-preparedness/Pages/winter-weather.aspx.