Michigan to hold 1 p.m. tornado drill Wednesday

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

This is a drill: Michigan will test the sirens that warn residents of tornadoes.

The voluntary test will be held at 1 p.m. statewide, according to the Michigan State Police’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.

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

In any event, the state police division encourages businesses, organizations, families, and individuals to participate in preparedness activities, such as preparing an emergency supply kit, making an emergency plan or creating an emergency contact list.

“Outdoor warning sirens are designed to alert residents about danger when outside,” Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, commander of the division and Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, said in a statement. “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.”