Statewide tornado drill helps prepare community

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Did you hear that siren go off at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27?

That was a statewide tornado siren test.

The test was scheduled to give citizens an opportunity to create a plan for the real thing in their place of work, neighborhood, school, or home.

Steps you can take to be better prepared before severe weather strikes include understanding severe weather warnings and terms, preparing an emergency preparedness kit, making an emergency plan, and creating an emergency contact list.

Each year hundreds of people are killed or seriously injured because of dangerous storms.

The sirens are activated when the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning or severe thunderstorm with damaging winds at or greater than 70 MPH.

A "watch" means that a severe thunderstorm or tornado is possible in and near the watch area, and to stay informed and alert to changing weather conditions, as well as be ready to act if a warning is issued.

A "warning" means "take action" - severe weather or funnel clouds have been reported by storm spotters or indicated by radar.

In a tornado warning -- seek shelter immediately .

Go to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building and protect yourself from flying debris.

All severe weather watches and warnings are issued by the National Weather Service.

At WILX News 10 we monitor for watches and warnings for your area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When conditions warrant, the Weather Authority Meteorologists will interrupt programming with special weather
reports.