State Police Encourage Michiganders to Prepare Before Severe Weather Strikes

Published: Apr. 8, 2018 at 4:09 PM EDT
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Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed April 8-14 as Severe Weather Awareness Week and the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michigan residents to prepare before severe weather strikes this spring and summer.

“Severe Weather Awareness Week is the time of year to learn what to do before, during and after severe weather occurs,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “In Michigan, severe weather can include flooding, thunderstorms and tornadoes. By taking the initiative to learn about possible hazards and what to do until help arrives, you and your family will be better prepared when an emergency or disaster happens.”

Spring and summer frequently bring fast-changing weather conditions that increase the potential for severe weather. Steps can be taken to prepare before severe weather strikes to minimize damage and ensure safe evacuation or shelter, such as understanding severe weather warnings and terms, preparing an emergency supply kit, making an emergency plan and creating an emergency contact list.

Last year, the state of Michigan experienced thunderstorms and flooding in Bay, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland counties that was severe enough to result in a federal disaster declaration due to the magnitude of the damage.

A voluntary statewide tornado drill is scheduled to occur at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 11. Businesses, organizations, families and individuals are encouraged to engage in this statewide preparedness activity, but are not required to do so. Nearly all state of Michigan facilities will participate.

Severe Weather Awareness Week is sponsored by the MSP/EMHSD and Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness to educate the public about the dangers of tornadoes and other severe weather events, including the precautions that can be taken to save lives and protect families.

For more information about what to do before, during and after an emergency or disaster, go to

or follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS. Be a part of the severe weather awareness conversation by using the hashtags #miseverewxweek and #mitornadoready.