Minnesotans are urged to get ready for storm season with Severe Weather Awareness Week starting today (MON). The state has conducted Severe Weather Awareness Week for more than 25 years in partnership with the National Weather Service and local governments. The week includes statewide tornado drills on Thursday. The first drill is at 1:45pm, and allows schools, businesses and hospitals to practice their emergency plans. The second drill is at 6:55pm in participating counties to allow families and second-shift workers to also practice their plans. Other subjects for the week include severe storms, lightning and winds today, weather alerts and warnings on Tuesday, floods and flash floods on Wednesday, and heat waves on Friday. More information on severe weather preparedness can be found on the Department of Public Safety’s website at www.dps.mn.gov.