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[ARCHIVED] Annual Statewide Tornado Drill Scheduled - March 24, 2021

Statewide Tornado Drill March 24 2021

Annual Statewide Tornado Drill Scheduled

Eaton County to participate in statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 24th at 1:00 pm; Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Week March 21-27.


March 10, 2021

Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week this year runs March 21-27, with the annual voluntary statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 24th at 1 pm. We hope the tornado drill begins a broader conversation about emergency preparedness regarding: 

  • Do you have a plan?
  • Where will you go?
  • What will you do?
  • Do you know the alert systems in your area?
  • How will you communicate?

Eaton County will be participating in the following ways:

  • Encouraging county departments, agencies/organizations, businesses, families and individuals to discuss and practice their severe weather plan statewide preparedness activity while following COVID-19 guidelines per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
  • Creating social media posts through Severe Weather Awareness Week promoting the drill and highlighting participation
  • Issuing a news release to our media partners about our participation
  • Outdoor warning siren activation for all communities in Eaton County on Wednesday, March 24th at 1:00 pm
  • Testing of the countywide alert system (text/phone/email) on Wednesday, March 24th at 1:00 pm

“Eaton County Central Dispatch and Eaton County Emergency Management will take this opportunity to practice our procedures as if it were an actual tornado warning,” according to 911 Director Michael Armitage. In addition to participating in the drill, residents of Eaton County can also prepare by creating a Smart911 account and registering for emergency alerts at eatoncounty911.org or smart911.com. Residents can also register for alerts by texting the word EATON to 67283.

Eaton County Central Dispatch and Eaton County Emergency Management wants to ensure that you and your family are adequately alerted by our warning siren system if and when dangerous weather conditions head our way this severe weather season. Therefore, we are asking for your help in assessing the effective range our warning sirens by submitting a status report below. 

About Severe Weather Awareness Week

Statewide Severe Weather Preparedness/Awareness Weeks are an opportunity to increase awareness of and response to severe weather hazards. They are scheduled throughout the spring, targeting a time before the spring severe weather "season" typically begins in that state. Most states also conduct a tornado drill during their awareness week, when test tornado warnings are issued at a predetermined time. Please mark your calendar and plan to participate in the drill for your local area, as this is an opportunity to test your communication methods as if it were a real situation.

For more information about being safe before, during and after a tornado, go to www.michigan.gov/miready

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