Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared March 24-30, 2019 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.

According to Michigan.gov, the goal is to educate the public about the dangers of tornadoes and other severe weather events, and the precautions that can be taken to save lives and protect families.

Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD said in a release,

“Spring and summer can bring fast-changing weather conditions that increase the potential for severe weather. By taking steps to prepare before severe weather strikes, you can lessen the impacts a disaster could have on yourself, your family and your property.”

According to a Michigan State Police Facebook post, there will be a statewide tornado drill March 27 at 1p.m. Businesses, organizations, families and individuals are encouraged to participate. Nearly all state of Michigan facilities will participate.

MSP says this is a good opportunity to test your emergency plans.

Michigan.gov lists these signs to watch for, indicating a potential tornado:

  • Dark, often greenish sky
  • Large hail
  • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
  • Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
  • If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

Find tips on tornado and thunderstorm safety here.