Updated: 04/24/2014 9:04 PM
Created: 04/23/2014 4:24 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
Tornado sirens will sound across Minnesota on Thursday to educate people about Severe Weather Awareness Week.
The first drill was around 1:45 p.m. The second drill was at 6:55 p.m.
During the first drill, schools, businesses and other facilities were encouraged to conduct a tornado drill. Families were encouraged to demonstrate a plan at home during the evening drill.
Last year, you may remember that sirens sounded across the state in heavy snow. Wisconsin also postponed its statewide tornado drill in 2013 because of the threat of real severe weather.
Meanwhile, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is in the process of upgrading weather siren technology, which is funded by Hennepin County Emergency Management.
The new system is expected to be beneficial for residents by allowing sirens to go off in a particular area pinpointing the path of the storm versus blanketing a much bigger area that may not be affected by severe weather.
Remember throughout the severe weather season, take responsibility for the safety of yourself and your family with the following precautions:
*Information from the Hennepin County sheriffs' office.
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