Statewide tornado drill planned for this afternoon


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Beginning this afternoon at 1:00 PM, a statewide severe weather drill will take place.

This drill is happening as part of Severe Weather Awareness Month.

Officials with Michigan State Police say the warning will be heard on weather radios, TV, and radio stations.

When an actual tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service, most phones will also alert thanks to the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system built-in. That will NOT be activated during the test this year.

MSP also has some reminders in case a real warning is issued:

  • 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
  • Develop an emergency preparedness kit in case of an emergency
  • Conduct regular tornado drills.

For more information about being safe before, during and after a tornado, you can click here

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