(WXYZ) — As Severe Weather Awareness Week continues, Michigan is holding a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday.
According to the state, the voluntary statewide tornado drill will happen at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23.
Livingston County, St. Clair County, Ingham County, Monroe County, Oakland County, South Lyon and Waterford have canceled their portions of the siren test Wednesday due to possible severe weather. Macomb County will also not be participating today.
Getting a few questions about the statewide drill at one:— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) March 23, 2022
This is not a statewide “siren test.” Locals control their sirens and it is up to them if they want to participate. Many already do not participate and others may decide to opt out today due to the weather. pic.twitter.com/XGKAjp9fH0
“Last summer in Michigan, we saw the devastating impacts of severe weather, from flooding to tornadoes and straight-line winds,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement. “Taking steps to prepare now can protect your home, your family and your pets. We ask that all Michiganders do their part to keep our communities safe.”
“With an average of 15 tornadoes each year, this is a very real threat to our Michigan communities,” said Col. Joe Gasper, state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and director of the Michigan State Police. “This drill will give people a chance to make a plan and put it to the test. By planning now, you can be better prepared when a disaster happens.”
Below you'll find tips for preparing for a tornado.
- Know the difference: Tornado Watch means conditions exist for a tornado to develop; Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.
- Know the signs of an approaching tornado: dark, often greenish sky; large hail; a large, dark low-lying cloud; and loud roar, like a freight train.
- Develop an emergency preparedness kit with essential items such as a three-day supply of water and food, a NOAA Weather Radio, important family documents and items that satisfy unique family needs.
- Conduct regular tornado drills. Make sure each household member knows where to go and what to do in the event of a tornado.
- Stay tuned to commercial radio or television broadcasts for news on changing weather conditions or approaching storms.