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Posted on: March 18, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Tornado Drill

Tornado Drill Cancelled

MARCH 23, 2022:  The statewide tornado drill scheduled for today has been cancelled due to the threat of heavy thunderstorms this afternoon.  If you hear sirens today, it is NOT a drill.


The Kalamazoo County Office of Emergency Management and the Portage Department of Public Safety – Fire Division will participate in a Statewide Tornado Drill on Wednesday, March 23 at 1 PM. This tornado drill is part of Severe Weather Awareness Week from March 20 - 26. When the siren sounds or you get an alert during the Statewide Tornado Drill, take a moment to think: 

• What will you do? 

• Where will you go? 

• Do you have a plan? 

• Do you have a way to get alerts? 

• How will you communicate? 

Wherever you find yourself (especially outdoors), the time to answer these questions is during a drill, not when you are facing the real thing. 

During Severe Weather Awareness Week, the Kalamazoo Office of Emergency Management ( and Portage Department of Public Safety ( will post severe weather awareness tips and topics to their Facebook pages. Tune in all week to learn about staying safe in severe weather. Visit for more information. 

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