(4/21/14) Wisconsin's Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week April 21-25, 2014.
Clark County Emergency Management, Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), ReadyWisconsin and the National Weather Service (NWS) have teamed up for Wisconsin's Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week April 21-25, 2014.
On Thursday, April 24, 2014, a statewide tornado drill is planned. At 1:00pm, the National Weather Service will issue a statewide mock tornado watch and at 1:45pm 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. Outdoor warning sirens will also be activated. This is an ideal opportunity for schools, businesses and families to practice safe procedures for severe weather.
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 24, the tornado drill will be postponed until Friday, April 25 with the same times. If severe storms are possible Friday the drill will be cancelled.
Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually. In 2011, 38 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the NWS, the fourth highest number on record. On August 19, a man was killed when a tornado with winds of 105 mph struck Marinette County. The peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August, but tornadoes can occur any time of year, like the January 7, 2008 storms near Kenosha.
In addition to tornadoes, Wisconsin is also susceptible to the hazards associated with severe thunderstorms such as high winds, flooding, lightning, and large hail. It is important that that governments, schools, businesses, and private citizens be aware of how to recognize when severe weather threatens them and what to do in the event of dangerous weather conditions.
Clark County Emergency Management strongly encourages everyone to participate in the drill and take the necessary steps to prepare for emergencies and weather hazards not only at home but also at school and places of employment. Have a Disaster plan as well as preparing Disaster Supply Kits for home and your vehicle to include such things as drinking water, non perishable food, flashlights, radios, batteries, along with blankets and spare clothing among other items. Information regarding preparedness can be found at websites such as ready.gov and other such as the ReadyWisconsin website, American Red Cross website and Clark County Emergency Management website.