As some communities in Michigan prepare for a voluntary statewide tornado drill, residents in Calhoun County will not hear a certain portion of the drill.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed this week as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The voluntary drill is scheduled for 1pm on Wednesday, March 27th.

Calhoun County Emergency Management Director Durk Dunham announced in a statement Monday that like in previous years, the sirens in the county will not sound during the test. Dunham stated that due to the county already testing their sirens the first Saturday of every month, along with testing them out of schedule, could cause confusion to local residents if they were to sound.

The county Sheriff’s department does recommend that businesses and organizations should do a self-test of their emergency operation plan sometime this week.

For more information on this week's voluntary tornado drill, Severe Weather Awareness Week or emergency preparedness, visit

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