MSP coordinates effort to prepare for severe weather

Michigan State Police are out this week with an advisement on preparing for severe weather and this one isn’t about ice or snow.

An MSP press release notes that the week of March 24-30 has been designated by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The agency’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is encouraging residents to prepare before severe weather strikes this spring and summer.

“Spring and summer can bring fast-changing weather conditions that increase the potential for severe weather,” Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD, said in a press release. “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.”

He noted that steps that can be taken to be better prepared before severe weather strikes include understanding severe weather warnings and terms, preparing an emergency preparedness kit, making an emergency plan, and creating an emergency contact list, the press release states.

On top of that, a voluntary statewide tornado drill is scheduled to occur at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. Businesses, organizations, families and individuals are encouraged to engage in the statewide preparedness activity but are not required to do so.

Nearly all state of Michigan facilities will participate, however.

File all of the above under common sense preparations all of us should take. For information on being safe in a tornado, follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or go to www.michigan. gov/miready.