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Eden Prairie Center's storm plan

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Eden Prairie Center
Eden Prairie Center general manager Nancy Litwin stands in a windowless hallway that runs behind the stores, which is a designated emergency shelter area, Monday, April 23, 2012.
MPR Photo/Jennifer Simonson

Eden Prairie Center shopping mall

• Location: I-494 and Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie

•Two-story, enclosed mall, with approximately 100 stores

•Covers 1.1 million square feet

The mall staff monitors weather conditions throughout the day. In the case of severe weather, mall officials will notify stores and shoppers of tornado alerts via the public address system.

Upon confirmation of a tornado sighting or when public officials issue a "seek shelter" directive, store personnel and customers will be directed to the shelters in the mall. Mall staff conduct "sweeps" through common areas to direct people to shelter areas. There are designated shelter areas on each floor of the mall, and in the basement.

The mall's senior on-site person can also make the call if s/he feels conditions are so severe that a tornado could appear without warning.

The mall has 13 signs on display directing patrons to various shelter locations.