Even though winter has been hanging around, Michigan will soon start severe weather season.

To prepare, Michigan is holding a statewide tornado drill this Wednesday  WZZM-13 reports.

At 1:30p.m. the National Weather Service will issue a live tornado warning code to simulate an actual tornado warning. The tests will cover all counties in Michigan.

Nearly all state of Michigan facilities will be participating. Michigan residents are not required to participate, but are encouraged to figure out a plan for their residences and businesses.

The drill is a part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, which runs through April 16 and is sponsored by the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (MCSWA).

According to MCSWA, in 2015, there were 14 tornados across the state, including the E-1 tornado that struck Portland in June.

Find tips on tornado and thunderstorm safety here.

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