Michigan’s Statewide Tornado Drill is Scheduled for March 23, 2022
Spring means storms in Michigan and state officials want to make sure we're prepared for severe weather.
Michigan's Severe Weather Awareness Week and Statewide Tornado Drill
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared March 20-26 Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.
There will be a statewide tornado drill March 23, 2022 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.
Col. Joe Gasper, state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and director of the Michigan State Police said in a release,
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.
Signs of a Tornado
Michigan.gov lists these signs to watch for, indicating a potential tornado:
How to Prepare for a Tornado
The state of Michigan shares the below tips to be ready for a tornado:
Find more tips on tornado and thunderstorm safety here.