Michigan holding statewide tornado drill Wednesday afternoon
WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - As West Michigan looks ahead to more chances of severe weather, officials say they're not taking any chances.
Wednesday, people across the state will practice what they would do in the event of a tornado, to make sure everyone is on the same page in case of a weather emergency.
The statewide tornado drill is a time to think about what you, your family, even your work would do if a tornado were to strike.
Just last week, Kent County was hit with one. It's something state leaders say we all need to be ready for in the spring and summer months.
Just last month, our state was struck with one of the most powerful wind storms it's ever seen.
Now those in Calhoun County are talking about what can be done to get better prepared for all types of storms.
Since the March 8th storm, leaders in Pennfield Township have been working to lay out an emergency response plan.
They held a community meeting Tuesday to talk about what can be done.
The fire department, Consumers Energy, and the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office were just a handful of organizations and agencies providing tips and presenting strategies to keep residents safe.
They say understanding the threat of severe weather and knowing what to do is key.
"We are trying to become prepared for the future, bring everything together that we've learned to make the next weather related incident much less devastating than the last," said Pennfield Charter Township Supervisor Dave Morgan.
"You never know what kind of season you are going to have, but I can tell you when we hit April each year, the first thing on my mind is assessing the possibilities and trying to mitigate the risks," said Calhoun County Sheriff's Office Emergency Director Durk Dunham.
Wednesday's voluntary statewide tornado drill will be held at 1 p.m.
However, if real severe weather moves in this afternoon, which is a possibility, the drill will be moved to Thursday.