...This week is tornado and severe weather awareness week in Wisconsin...
A tornado drill is scheduled for this afternoon...April 24...between 1 and 2 PM. A test Tornado Watch will be issued at 1 PM. The National Weather Service will issue a test Tornado Warning at 145 PM for all of Wisconsin. The test watch and warning will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio and disseminated to all media partners.
Here are some basic tornado safety tips to remember when severe weather threatens...
When a tornado is spotted or a Tornado Warning is issued for your area...the best place to be is below ground level. In a basement find something sturdy to get under. If you have no basement...go to the lowest level of your home or business and move to an interior room like a bathroom or closet. Put as many walls between you and the storm as possible.
At schools...children should be moved into interior areas like smaller rooms...bathrooms...or hallways. Care should be taken not to select hallways that may become wind tunnels if exterior doors are blown off. Avoid large span rooms like gymnasiums...auditoriums... and cafeterias.
Most importantly...know in advance when tornadoes are expected. Many large tornado outbreaks are well predicted. Listen for tornado watches and warnings and be prepared.
Always monitor current and forecast weather conditions...and keep up to date on the latest severe weather watches and warnings...by listening to NOAA Weather Radio...the voice of National Weather Service.
For more on severe weather safety...and the latest weather forecast... go to the National Weather Service Green Bay web site at... www.Weather.Gov/grb