Statewide tornado drill raises awareness of severe weather


LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – As part of National Severe Weather Awareness week, a statewide tornado siren was sent off earlier this afternoon.

6 News headed out to Lansing to see how people reacted during this drill and found out what you can do at home to prepare yourself.

“When you’re notified of that warning you need to take it seriously and you need to take shelter,” said Chief Michael Tobin of the Emergency Management Division for the city of Lansing.

Schools and state buildings all across the country participate in tornado drills yearly, including the statewide drill held today.

“As soon as the alarm goes off we head down the steps and we come to this designated area every time,” said Ken Prudden who works inside the Lewis Cass Building.

Making sure you’re prepared in these situations is essential.

“Well today we’re prepared but normally we are not…we don’t know when it’s going to happen and ya know the horn goes off and down we go,” Executive Management Assistant Ruth Nixon stated.

Typically when a tornado siren blares, you often hear these steps to follow:

“Get into a room that didn’t have windows and cuddle up and put your arms over your head,” Prudden mentioned.

And according to Chief Tobin, those steps are exactly right.

“An example of a safe place first of all would be a basement that would be your best choice if you have one,” Tobin said.

He also says in case of a tornado everyone should have an emergency kit which includes:

  • Water
  • Critical Medications
  • Small food supply
  • Flashlights & Batteries

“They can cause some real damage real fast,” Tobin stated.

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