Statewide Activation of Tornado Drill During Severe Weather Awareness Week Will Interrupt Radio, TV Programming
Posted by Perry Pulse at 6:27am 3/27/19
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Today at 1pm local radio and tv programming will be interrupted as Michigan State Police initiate a statewide test of the system designed to alert you in the event of an emergency, specifically a tornado.
Called a voluntary drill, it will be up to municipalities to test local tornado sirens. Sirens are not part of the statewide activation.
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All residents, businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in the drill; to be prepared when a tornado develops.
Typically, there's just 10 to 15 minutes of advance warning once a tornado has developed.
Important safety and preparedness steps include:
• Know the difference between a Tornado Watch and Tornado Warning Tornado Watch: Be Aware - Conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop but one has not yet been spotted.
Tornado Warning: Take Immediate Action - A tornado has been spotted in your area by a trained spotter or indicated by radar.
• Know what to look for The sky will often become green and large hale will fall; a large, low cloud will sound like a roar or a freight train
• Develop an emergency preparedness kit Include flashlights and a battery-operated FM radio with extra batteries, important documents and a three day supply of water, food and medication. Don't forget pet food!
•Make a plan Make sure everyone knows where to go and what to do in the event of a tornado.
•Check local media frequently Listen to local radio, watch local TV and check PerryPulse.com or other local news and information websites for updates.
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