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Tornado sirens across Minnesota will be tested next week as part of the state’s annual drill. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety will hold two drills next Thursday in coordination with local authorities. Sirens will go off at 1:45 and 6:45 p.m. Weather radios across the state will also broadcast a simulated tornado warning.

Each year, Homeland Security and Emergency Management in collaboration with the National Weather Service, sponsors Severe Weather Week in Minnesota. The goal of the week is to refresh, remind and educate residents about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to avoid them. It’s also a great time to make and practice your emergency plan and build or refresh your emergency preparedness kit.

The agency says the drill gives Minnesotans a chance to review their emergency plans and practice what they would do in the event of an actual tornado.