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Shiawassee County to Participate In Today's Statewide Tornado Drill

1pm Wednesday March 27th

Posted by Owosso Now at 11:30pm 3/27/19

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Patricia Rothney

While the weather is quiet today, just two weeks ago on March 14, at 6:45 p.m. there were two tornados in Shiawassee County; an EF0 over Bennington Twp. and an EF2 from Perry to Lennon. The impact and damage to property in the county was drastic! These tornadoes happened earlier in the season than normal but this is the time of the year to consider where to shelter in a tornado warning.

Today, Wednesday, March 27, at 1:00 p.m. Shiawassee County will participate, with other counties across Michigan, in an annual statewide drill. Use that time to get into a safe place and post a picture for future reference - or if that is not feasible, at least have an idea of where to go.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed Severe Weather Awareness Week to run through Saturday. All residents, businesses, and the whole community should take part in the tornado drill. Shelter as if this was a real tornado situation.
“It’s important that residents are prepared. Last week’s tornado recovery efforts were amazing and showcased the resilience of our community” stated Trent Atkins, Director of Emergency Management for Shiawassee County.

If anyone is interested in helping with the current recovery efforts they can donate to help families affected by the tornadoes by visiting the United Way of Genesee County (unitedwaygenesee.org). Another option is to directly drop off a check at the Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office with a check made payable to the United Way of Genesee County. Please note on the memo line Shiawassee County Tornado Relief.

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