LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State police and emergency management officials are asking Michigan residents to participate in a statewide tornado drill this week.
The drill is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday. Businesses, organizations, schools, families and individuals are being encouraged to participate in the drill, but they are not required to do so. Nearly all state of Michigan facilities are expected to participate.
The Ottawa County Office of Emergency Management said they will participate in a quiet test of the outdoor sirens. A quiet test means the sirens will give a short sound instead of the long horn used when doing a regular drill.
The Kent County outdoor warning sirens will not be used as part of the statewide warning system test, according to Grandville Fire Department.
Tornadoes are common in Michigan during the late spring and early summer months. The drill comes amid the state’s Severe Weather Awareness Week. Michigan says its drill is scheduled to take place at the same time as drills in at least two other Midwest states.