Two statewide tornado drills planned today

Posted at 12:41 PM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 14:03:14-04

Monday marks the beginning of Wisconsin's "Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week” and there is an even bigger push to make sure people are prepared this year. 

For the first time, there will be two mock tornado warnings, instead of one. 

On Thursday, a statewide mock tornado watch will be issued 1 p.m. At 1:45 p.m. the first mock tornado warning will occur and at 6:55 p.m., the second mock tornado warning will be issued.

During the drills, a mock tornado warning come through NOAA weather radios, television and radio stations. Some communities will even sound their tornado sirens. 

The second drill was added to give families at home an opportunity to test their emergency severe weather plans. 
According to the National Weather Service, their are an average of 23 twisters in Wisconsin each year. Seventeen touched down in across the state in 2015.
There were no injuries in the 2015 instances, but Wisconsin Emergency Management said it's still important to prepare for the worst.