It’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week

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Statewide tornado drill, Thursday, April 16, 1 p.m. Mock tornado watch, 1:45 Mock tornado warning

All cities and villages in Crawford County that have outdoor sirens will be testing them at these times. In the case of severe storms, the drill will postponed until Friday.


Listen, Act and Live! Those words could protect you and your family during severe storm season. Listening to warnings and seeking shelter immediately will save lives. That’s why Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), ReadyWisconsin, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) have teamed up for Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week from April 13-17.

On Thursday, April 16, a statewide tornado drill is planned. At 1 p.m., the National Weather Service will issue a statewide mock tornado watch and, at 1:45 p.m., a statewide mock tornado warning. Many radio and TV stations will participate in the drill. In addition, NOAA weather radios (also known as emergency weather radios) will issue alert messaging. This is an ideal opportunity for schools, businesses and families to practice safe procedures for severe weather.

In addition, alerts for both the mock tornado watch and warning will be issued over NOAA weather radios. Be sure your weather radio is turned on for this test. If the alarm on your weather radio does not go off  for this test, check your weather radio’s programming and quality of reception.

This is a great opportunity for you to practice your tornado emergency plan with family, friends, and co-workers. Schools will also participate in the drill.

Important: The tornado drill will take place even if the sky is cloudy, dark and/or rainy. If actual severe storms are expected in the state on Thursday April 16, the tornado drill will be postponed until Friday, April 17 with the same times. If severe storms are possible Friday the drill will be canceled. Any changes will be issued to local media as well as posted on the ReadyWisconsin website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Remember, a watch means tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms. A warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated on weather radar. Move to a safe place immediately.

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