Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Week kicks off

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Today begins Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are encouraging residents to prepare for severe weather that may come in the spring and summer months.

Flooding, tornadoes and thunderstorms can occur in Michigan during the warmer months, and the week is dedicated to preparations for this weather, as well as what to do during and after severe weather.

Last year, there was tornado in Gogebic County and severe thunderstorms that caused widespread damage in Marquette.

“By taking the initiative and learning about possible hazards, you and your family will be better prepared when an emergency or disaster happens,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske of the Michigan State Police and Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.

To prepare for severe weather, it’s important to understand severe weather warnings and terms, prepare an emergency supply kit, make an emergency plan and create an emergency contact list.

A ceremony will be held Tuesday at the Michigan State Capitol to honor the winners of the 2017 Severe Weather Awareness Poster and Video Contest. Posters and videos were submitted by elementary students.

Also, a voluntary statewide tornado drill will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. Businesses, families and organizations are encouraged to participate. The drill will be rescheduled for Thursday if there is severe weather Wednesday.

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