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Watch TPT | NOW, A public service channel with weather, health, and safety info

June 8, 2021

TPT | NOW informs audiences on demand and on the go! Our broadcasts feature weather radar, informative banners, road conditions, health/safety tips and local, regional and state maps.

Weather data from AccuWeather and HennepinWestMesonet provide watches and warnings in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali.

TPT | NOW is a partnership between PBS, public health and public safety agencies working collaboratively to provide round-the-clock weather forecasts with alerts so Minnesota’s diverse communities are healthy, safe, and informed should a national or intended threat occur. PBS stations across the country are leveraging PBS media to support public safety initiatives including disaster preparedness media on PBS KIDS.


“Extreme heat and sun damage are no joke. Take precautions this summer to keep yourself cool, hydrated, and informed.


  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, throughout the day. Avoid alcohol, sugary drinks, and caffeinated drinks on extremely hot days. Avoid extremely cold drinks to avoid stomach cramps.


  • When temperatures rise, get inside. Try to stay in air-conditioned places if your home doesn’t provide a cool escape from the heat. Avoid strenuous activities outdoors during the hottest hours of the day (10 AM – 5 PM) and wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.


  • Keep up-to-date on local weather forecasts on extreme heat advisories and warnings, and know the signs of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke so you are prepared in case you or someone else is experiencing symptoms and needs medical attention.


  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, even if the vehicle is parked in the shade and has the windows open.


  • Check in on those who are at a higher risk of getting a heat-related illness. These people include small children/infants, people over the age of 65, people with mental illness, and those who are physically ill.


  • Protect yourself from the sun in order to avoid sun damage and reduce your risk of getting a heat-related illness. If you are outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat + sunglasses, sit in the shade, and wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.”

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