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Tornado Drill Today

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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