The state of Michigan wants to make sure we're prepared for severe weather. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared March 24-30 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.

According to a Michigan State Police Facebook post, there will be a statewide tornado drill March 27 at 1p.m. Businesses, organizations, families and individuals are encouraged to participate. Nearly all state of Michigan facilities will participate.

Click on Detroit reports that some cities will have sirens sound. You may also see or hear alerts on NOAA Weather Radios and on the radio or TV.

MSP says this is a good opportunity to test your emergency plans.

Michigan.gov lists these signs to watch for, indicating a potential tornado:

  • Dark, often greenish sky
  • Large hail
  • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
  • Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
  • If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

Find tips on tornado and thunderstorm safety here.