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Statewide tornado drill happening this Wednesday during Severe Weather Awareness Week

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Posted at 12:38 PM, Mar 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-24 08:36:52-04

(WXYZ)  — If you don't have an action plan for a possible tornado in your area, this Wednesday will be a great time to practice. Michigan State Police announced that there will be a statewide tornado drill at 1 p.m. on March 24.

The drill is being held during Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is March 21-27.

“Tornadoes can happen at any time but are more prevalent in late spring and early summer. It’s important that your household or business has a plan to react quickly,” said Capt. Kevin Sweeney, deputy state director of Emergency Management and commander of the MSP/EMHSD, in a press release. “This year, we are asking that large groups not shelter in place together during the drill, but to instead use the opportunity to go over their emergency plans and update them if necessary.”

Follow these tornado-ready tips:

  • 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.