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Severe Weather Awareness Week: March 20-26, 2022

March 18, 2022

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 20-26, 2022. This week serves as a great time for Michigan families, businesses, and schools to practice what they would do if a severe weather event occurs.

During this week, the Annual Statewide Tornado Drill was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 23 at 1 p.m. The test has been cancelled by our state and National Weather Service partners. As a result, the outdoor warning siren system on campus and in Ingham County will NOT be activated and NOAA Weather Radios will NOT be alerted. The test will not be rescheduled. The regular outdoor warning siren test schedule will continue at 1:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month in April.

Below are a few tips on how to prepare for a severe weather event.


  • Do not walk, swim, drive or boat through flood waters
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water
  • Evacuate where you are if told to do so
  • Move to higher ground or floor
  • Stay where you are unless told otherwise


  • Go to a safe room, basement, or storm cellar
  • If there is no basement, go to a small, interior room on the lowest level
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls
  • If you can safely get to a sturdy building, do so immediately
  • Do not go under an overpass or bridge
  • Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck

Thunderstorm, lighting or hail

  • When thunder roars, go indoors
  • Move from outdoors into a building or car
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings
  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones

To receive timely warning and emergency notifications impacting the MSU community, sign up for MSU Alert notifications here. All students, faculty, and staff are automatically enrolled through email, but you must opt in to receive text message notifications.

As always, MSU Police and Public Safety can be contacted anytime by calling 517-355-2221 or 9-1-1 for emergencies.

Learn more about Severe Weather Awareness Week by clicking here.



Dana Whyte, Communications Manager, MSU Police and Public Safety


Inspector Chris Rozman, Public Information Officer, MSU Police and Public Safety