Statewide tornado drill planned for this week

It's Severe Weather & Tornado Awareness Week

It's Severe Weather and Tornado Awareness Week. The event is all about testing emergency plans for severe weather and tornadoes. Schools, families, and businesses will be busy preparing.

"It's always good to be prepared; it really can be quite simple. Battery powered radio, bandages, first aid type of stuff. Anything you might need in the aftermath of something occurring," said Sean Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

STATEWIDE DRILL SCHEDULE

  • Test Tornado Watch - 1:00 p.m.
  • Test Tornado Warning - 1:45 p.m.
  • Test Tornado Warning - 6:45 p.m.

Miller says it's better to be safe than sorry, and it doesn't take long to come up with a plant at all.

"I'd say 10 minutes, talk about it over dinner this week with your family," said Marcia Cronce.

Emergency plans include having food and water set aside, having a shelter location in case of a storm, (preferably a basement or interior room with no windows) and having a cell phone with chargers.

This Thursday, families will get an opportunity to practice during a statewide mock tornado warning and drill. There will be two that day, at 1:45pm and 6:45pm.

"It's a great opportunity for you to practice those plans and see what you would do with the event of an actual Tornado occurring," said Miller.

Wisconsin averages about 23 tornadoes a year. The peak season is May through August.

NWS says that the best way to be alerted of severe weather is through radio, television or apps on your cell phone.

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