Events draw attention to start of severe weather season

Events draw attention to start of severe weather season

It’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week this week in Wisconsin.

Events this week are a chance for families to test out an emergency plan in case severe weather strikes.

In 2016, 15 tornadoes were documented in Wisconsin. That’s under the state’s average of 23 according to the National Weather Service.

State Emergency Management Public Information Officer Tod Prichard said this is a great time to prepare for severe weather. He urges people to “listen, act and live.”

He advises people to listen for sirens, or pay attention to warnings on the radio, television screens and cellphones.

In the case of a tornado, Pritchard suggests acting immediately. Seek shelter in your basement, or search for a table to hide under.

Pritchard also said it’s important to act immediately.

“Your survival chance is better if you don’t waste time confirming danger,” Pritchard said.

2017 Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Schedule:

1 p.m. – National Weather Service issues a mock tornado watch for all of Wisconsin (a watch means tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms).

1:45 p.m. – National Weather Service issues mock tornado warning for all of Wisconsin (A warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated on weather radar. Move to a safe place immediately).

2 p.m. – End of 1:45 p.m. mock tornado warning drill

6:45 p.m. – National Weather Service issues a mock tornado warning for all of Wisconsin.

7 p.m. – End of 6:45 p.m. mock tornado warning drill

For more information visit http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/

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