Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 8-12, 2019

April 8-12 is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week. Wisconsin Emergency Management, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) have teamed up to sponsor statewide tornado drills scheduled on Thursday, April 11.

The Tornado Drills will consist of a mock tornado watch and mock tornado warnings issued for all of Wisconsin. This is a great opportunity for your school, business and community to practice your emergency plans.

DRILL SCHEDULE, THURSDAY, APRIL 11TH:

1:00 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).

2:00 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.

7:00 p.m. – End of 6:45 p.m. mock tornado warning drill.

The tornado drills will take place even if the sky is cloudy, dark or rainy. If actual severe storms are expected in the state on Thursday, April 11, the tornado drills will be postponed until Friday, April 12 with the same times. If severe storms continue Friday, the drills will be cancelled.

For more detailed information, statistics and mapping, visit Ready Wisconsin.