Michigan statewide tornado drill postponed

LANSING, Mich. -- The voluntary drill for Severe Weather Awareness Week has been postponed to Thursday, March 23 at 1 p.m.

The practice drill, sponsored by Governer Whitmer, is in response to the state’s frequent bouts with inclement weather conditions.

“With an average of 15 tornadoes each year, this is a very real threat to our Michigan communities. 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.” said Col. Joe Gasper, state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and director of the Michigan State Police.

The activity is open for all individuals, families, communities, and organizations to participate, though not a requirement.

All throughout, Michigan residents will receive alerts via NOAA Weather Radios, TV and radio stations. To understand how these alerts are conducted in their respective communities, individuals are encouraged to contact their local emergency management agency.

For more tips on severe weather preparedness, residents can follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter @MichEMHS or visit the following MIReady website.

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