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Statewide tornado drill to activate county sirens on Wednesday


Livingston County will be participating in a statewide tornado drill this week.

The drill, set for this Wednesday, March 23rd at 1 p.m., will provide the first test of the county tornado sirens for the year.  The Livingston County Public Alerting System will send out an initial warning to the public, followed 20 minutes later by an “all clear” message.

 

Emergency alerts will also go out over the Rave Mobile Safety system, a free service that allows individuals to sign up for notifications sent from state and local authorities. It will also go out over the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS), which is FEMA’s national system for local alerting.

Wednesday’s test comes a little more than a week after the 10th anniversary of the 2012 tornado that touched down in Livingston County before heading south into Dexter, destroying several homes, although there were no serious injuries. The EF-3 tornado had maximum wind speeds of 135-140 mph according to the National Weather Service.

The drill takes place each year during Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.

Details on how to prepare for tornado season can be found through the link below at Michigan.gov. 

https://www.michigan.gov/miready/be-informed/tornadoes

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