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FARGO—Don't panic if you hear sirens going off in Fargo this week.

The city is upgrading and testing its outdoor warning system.

By the end of the week, emergency management crews will be able to remotely check sirens for issues.

Between Wednesday, April 19, and Saturday, April 22, you may hear one of the three-dozen sirens blaring during the day.

Cities across the state will be conducting similar tests April 26.

Even in the age of smartphones, the sirens help alert the public about severe weather or other hazards.

"When you're outside running and biking and playing ball in the parks and you hear the sirens going off, it means you weren't paying attention to all of those other devices," said Leon Schlafmann, city of Fargo emergency manager.

Sirens will sound Thursday in Minnesota during two statewide tornado drills at 1:45 and 6:46 p.m.

Catherine Ross

Catherine joined the WDAY 6 News team as a reporter and photographer in April of 2014 and is honored to bring you stories from around the Red River Valley. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and got her first taste of the news industry during a high school mentorship at Fox 9 in the Twin Cities. Catherine graduated from Emerson College in Boston where she participated in the student-run TV station WEBN and spent a semester in Washington, DC working at Voice of America. Those opportunities gave her a front-row seat to the 2012 Presidential election cycle, reporting at the Iowa Caucuses, Republican National Convention and President Obama’s second inauguration. Now happy to be back closer to family, Catherine enjoys exploring the nature and culture of the upper Midwest. She’s an avid runner, novice foodie and lifelong Twins fan. If you have any story ideas or just want to say hello, Catherine would love to hear from you!

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