Issue# 606:  July 1, 2015
A Message from Chief Knight
Tornado Season
Tornadoes are one of nature’s most violent storms and can cause death, injury, and destruction within seconds. Having advanced notice that a tornado is approaching your area can give you the critical time needed to move to a safe place for protection. Before severe weather strikes, pay attention to weather reports and be sure to sign up for text alerts and download smart phone apps that provide weather warnings.

While you may not always receive an official tornado alert in your area, there are warning signs that can indicate a tornado is near:
  • A change in the color of the sky;
  • An approaching cloud of debris;
  • A strange quiet occurring within or shortly after a thunderstorm;
  • A loud roar that sounds similar to a freight train.

If you experience these signs, take action immediately and go to the safest place for protection.  Move to a small, interior, windowless room such as a closet or bathroom, on the lowest level of your building and cover your head and neck with your arms.

Wednesday July 1st  marks the beginning of a change to adult protection reporting around the state.  The Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC) opens today.  The centralized phone center will be open 24/7/365 for reports of financial exploitation, caregiver neglect or self-neglect, or verbal, physical, sexual or emotional abuse.  Good faith reporting of suspected maltreatment is encouraged. The identity of reporters is protected. Reporters can ask to receive notice of the initial outcome of their report.

What will not change is the Chaska Police Department’s commitment to investigate concerns in cooperation with Carver County Social Services.  Our officers will respond to reports from MAARC and also directly from the public.  As always, if you have an emergency situation, or even just questions for an officer, please call us: 952-448-4200.

Anyone can report suspected maltreatment of a vulnerable adult to the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center at: 844-880-1574.

For more information on the new service or about adult protection, visit the Minnesota Department of Health website at:

Tuesday June 30th was one second longer than any other day this year – and the longest day since 2012. That’s because a “leap second” was added to account for the fact that the Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing down.

A day lasts 86,400 seconds, according to coordinated universal time (UTC), but days haven’t actually been that long since about 1820. Now the average day is approximately 86,400.002 seconds long. It may not seem like a lot – it’s actually less than the blink of an eye – but the difference adds up to almost a second every year, which is why scientists  added a “leap” second to June 30th  to keep time in sync with the mean solar day, which measures the passage of time based on the sun’s position in the sky.

As the clock approached midnight on Tuesday, it actually struck 23:59:60 before rolling over to 00:00:00 today, July 1st.

In 2012, when the last leap second was introduced, it caused problems across the Internet briefly brought down several websites as well as disrupting Qantas Airlines’ booking system, leading to the cancellation of more than 400 flights.

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