Statewide test of tornado warning system planned

Capt. Chris A. Kelenske

LANSING — The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division reminds Michiganders that outdoor warning siren use will be limited during the 2018 Statewide Tornado Drill at 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to an MSP press release.

Outdoor warning sirens are independently controlled by local officials in townships, villages, cities and counties, varying by community. Many communities have different plans, procedures, and requirements for sounding sirens. This may prevent some communities from activating their sirens during the tornado drill.

“Outdoor warning sirens are designed to alert residents about danger when they are outside,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “To be better prepared for all emergencies and disasters, look to your NOAA Weather Radio and local alerts to stay informed.”

Michigan residents participating in the statewide tornado drill will observe or hear alerts on NOAA weather radios and participating TV and radio stations. To learn how local alerts are administered in your community and if your community is participating, contact your local emergency management agency.

Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week from April 8-14. The statewide tornado drill is a part of a seasonal effort to encourage Michigan residents to take action to prepare and practice emergency plans.

For more information about tornadoes and other severe weather, go to www.michigan.gov/miready and the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.