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Wisconsin Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week

(MADISON) Are you and your family ready for storms? Tornadoes and Severe Weather are guaranteed in every Wisconsin spring and summer. Preparing now could save your life and the lives of loved ones.

April 11-15, 2011 is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. The campaign is to remind people of the dangers associated with tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding and hail and to encourage citizens to take protective safety measures. A statewide drill is planned for Thursday, April 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The drill will be an ideal opportunity for schools, businesses and individuals to practice safe procedures for severe weather and to learn more about severe weather including:

-Wisconsin averages 21 tornadoes annually.
-In 2010, 46 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the National Weather Services, the second greatest yearly number on record. Fortunately, no one was killed but 22 were injured and the tornadoes caused nearly $30 million in property damage.

-The peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August, but tornadoes can occur any time of year, like the January 7, 2008 tornadoes in Walworth and Kenosha Counties.

-Tornadoes can occur anytime, day or night, but are most frequent between 4pm and 9pm.

Wisconsin Emergency Management, ReadyWisconsin and the National Weather Service have planned a series of special efforts to promote storm safety including:
-PSA Campaign: A TV public service campaign with tornado survivors urging everyone to have an emergency weather radio.

-Survival Stories: Other real Wisconsin survivors share their tornado stories on the ReadyWisconsin website.

-Ready Radio Days. ReadyWisconsin teams up with the National Weather Service and TV stations across the state to promote the use of emergency weather radios.

-ReadyWisconsin Trivia Challenge: Answer a question for a chance to win an Emergency Weather Radio. Go to http://readywisconsin.wi.gov to enter.

Statewide Tornado Drill - April 14, 2011
To encourage citizens to be prepared for severe weather, Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) and the National Weather Service (NWS) are once again promoting Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week. The statewide tornado drill will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2011. Many schools and businesses participate in the annual daytime drill. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, WEM and the NWS have distributed tornado and severe weather information to schools. If there is actual severe weather on April 14, the tornado drill will be postponed until Friday, April 15, with the watch/warnings issued at the same time. Below are the scheduled times for the mock watches/warnings. Keep in mind that you will not hear weather radio tone-alerts for the mock tornado watch and warnings on certain weather radios. In these cases you will have to manually turn on your weather radio in order to hear the mock tornado watch and warnings.

1:00 pm - Mock TORNADO WATCH for all of Wisconsin

1:10-1:15 pm - National Weather Service Green Bay issues Mock Tornado
Warning for Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade,
Lincoln, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida,
Outagamie, Portage, Shawano, Vilas, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago and
Wood Counties.

1:20-1:25 pm - National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan issues Mock
Tornado Warning for Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green, Green
Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Kenosha, Lafayette, Marquette, Milwaukee, Ozaukee,
Racine, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha

1:30-1:35 pm - National Weather Service La Crosse issues Mock Tornado
Warning for Adams, Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Grant, Jackson, Juneau,
LaCrosse, Monroe, Richland, Taylor, Trempealeau and Vernon Counties.
1:40-1:45 pm - National Weather Service Minneapolis/Chanhassen issues
Mock Tornado Warning for Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce,
Polk, Rusk and St. Croix Counties.

1:50-1:55 pm - National Weather Service Duluth issues Mock Tornado
Warning for Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer and
Washburn Counties.