The week of April 15-19 is Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Week and Oneida County Emergency Management, Wisconsin Emergency Management, Ready Wisconsin and the National Weather Service have teamed up to conduct tests that alert the public when dangerous weather is ahead.
On Thursday, April 18, a statewide tornado drill is planned. At 1 p.m., the National Weather Service will issue a statewide mock tornado watch and a mock warning at 1:45 p.m. Many radio and TV stations will participate in the drill. In addition, NOAA weather radios (emergency weather radios) will issue alert messaging.
This is an opportunity for schools, businesses and families to practice safe procedures for severe weather. The drill will take place whether the sky is cloudy, dark and/or rainy. If severe storms are expected in the state on April 18, the tornado drill will be postponed until Friday, April 19, with the same times. If severe storms are possible Friday, the drill will be cancelled.
For more information, contact the Oneida County Emergency Management Department at (715) 361-5167 or visit readywisconsin.wi.gov/.