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      Drills will help prepare for severe weather and could save lives

      It's Severe Weather Awareness Week and several communities will be holding tornado drills Wednesday.

      It's Severe Weather Awareness Week and several communities will be holding tornado drills Wednesday.

      A county-wide drill will take place in Leelanau County.

      Schools, daycare centers, government buildings and some nursing homes will be taking part in the drill.

      The event will begin with a law enforcement meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office. The group will move to Glen Lake Schools at 9:20 a.m. to begin the drill.

      Don't be alarmed if you see emergency crews and law enforcement around schools and government offices throughout the day Wednesday. It is a part of this county-wide severe weather drill.

      The National Weather Service will also conduct a tornado drill around 1:00 p.m. through the NOAA weather radio.

      The tests will cover all counties in Michigan and originate from the National Weather Service offices at Grand Rapids, Gaylord, Marquette, Detroit and northern Indiana.

      People are urged to practice their tornado safety measures during the drill.

      Severe Weather Awareness Week continues through April 12.

      You can learn more about preparing for severe weather by reading the National Weather Service Prepardness Guide.