- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota is preparing for the upcoming storm season.

A 30-minute statewide tornado drill is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CDT Wednesday. Residents will see and hear the actual alerts used during tornadoes.

The National Weather Service says outdoor warning sirens will go off in many areas. The drill will also include the activation of the Emergency Alert System, which will interrupt local media broadcasts.

Schools may schedule safety drills and local emergency responders may also practice the response procedures they follow during severe weather events.

The Weather Service says residents should treat the drill as a real emergency and put their tornado safety plan to the test.

The tornado drill is part of the Severe Weather Preparedness Week sponsored by the Weather Service and state emergency management officials.

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