Outdoor Warning Siren Use Limited During Tornado Drill; Weather Radios, Partnering TV and Radio Stations Broadcasting Alerts

Contact: Dale R. George, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, 517-284-3962

April 18, 2017

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) reminds Michiganders that outdoor warning siren use will be limited during the 2017 Statewide Tornado Drill at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 19.

In Michigan, 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 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. Sirens should only be one piece of your emergency plan.”

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 administrated 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 16-22. The statewide tornado drill is a part of a seasonal effort to encourage Michigan residents to take action to prepare and practice emergency plans.

In the event of actual severe weather on April 19, the 2017 Statewide Tornado Drill will occur at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 20.

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