|Statewide Tornado Drill Thursday, April 16 2:00 p.m.|
As part of Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, Emergency Management Partners statewide are encouraging Michiganders to conduct a statewide tornado drill at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. All businesses, organizations, schools, families and individuals are welcome to participate in the statewide preparedness activity, but they may hold their own tornado drill during any day that week to be better prepared and safe.
Broadcasters are encouraged to check with local emergency officials for specific plans for their area. Not all areas may be participating in the planned drill.
A tornado is a violent rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. Tornadoes are capable of destroying even the strongest human-made structures, uprooting trees and hurling heavy objects with speed.
Tornadoes pose extreme health and safety concerns. Although tornadoes occur throughout the world, they occur most frequently in the United States. According to the National Weather Service, the United States averages 1,500 tornadoes annually.
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