Spring means storms in Michigan and state officials want to make sure we're prepared for severe weather.

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Michigan's Severe Weather Awareness Week and Statewide Tornado Drill 2024

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared March 17-23 Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.

There will be a voluntary statewide tornado drill March 20, 2024 at 1p.m. Businesses, organizations, families, and individuals are encouraged to participate. Nearly all state of Michigan facilities will participate.

Some cities will have sirens sound. You may also see or hear alerts on NOAA Weather Radios and on the radio or TV.

State officials say they hope the tornado drill begins a broader conversation about emergency preparedness.

Michigan averages about 15 tornadoes a year.

In August 2023, seven tornadoes touched down in Michigan in just one day.

Capt. Kevin Sweeney, deputy state director of Emergency Management and commander of the MSP/EMHSD said in a release,

The tornadoes caused millions of dollars in damage and unfortunately, two people lost their lives. As recovery efforts are still underway, it serves as an important reminder to take steps now to prepare and create a plan to protect your family, your home, and your pets.

How to Prepare for a Tornado

The state of Michigan shares the below tips to be ready 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. Find more tips on tornado and thunderstorm safety here.

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