Tornado? No, a drill

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April 18, 2005 // UPDATED 1:53 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Jeremy Stratton
Jeremy Stratton

No need for alarm; the sirens on Thursday, April 21 are for a simulated drill, part of Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The National Weather Service will simulate a tornado watch beginning at 9 a.m., and drills are planned statewide at 1:45 p.m. and in participating counties (Hennepin among them) at 6:55 p.m. The warning system tests are intended to allow schools, businesses, hospitals and families to practice sheltering plans, according the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Web site.

Visit the Web site at www.hsem.state.mn.us for an evaluation guide on shelter areas, daily Severe Weather Awareness Week events, and other related facts and information.