This is “Severe Weather Awareness Week” in Minnesota, and statewide tornado drills are being held on Thursday to help you and your family be prepared for extreme weather. Warning sirens will go off in communities across the state at 1:45 Thursday afternoon for schools, businesses and other organizations to practice tornado drills. The sirens will be activated again at 6:55 Thursday evening for second-shift workers and families to practice their tornado sheltering plans. Officials say that the majority of severe weather in Minnesota, including tornadoes, occurs between the hours of 3 and 8pm. For more information on severe weather awareness week, including tips on keeping your family safe, visit the website www.hsem.gov.