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March 22, 2013

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Wisconsin Tornado, Severe Weather Week set for April 15-19

April 15-19 is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin.

During this week, facility managers, safety officers, and Families in the Fort McCoy community are asked to review the procedures to be implemented when severe weather strikes to ensure they are prepared.

Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually. Last year, only four tornadoes were reported in Wisconsin by the National Weather Service (NWS). The strongest tornado, rated EF2, hit near Patch Grove in Grant County Sept. 4. No fatalities or injuries occurred with the tornadoes.

A statewide tornado drill is planned for Thursday, April 18. The drill will be an ideal time for school staff and students to practice severe weather safety procedures. The statewide mock tornado watch will be by the NWS at 1 p.m.

The NWS then will issue a statewide mock tornado warning at 1:45 p.m.

The statewide drill will be postponed until Friday, April 19 if a threat of severe weather exists for Wisconsin on Thursday. Participation in the drills is not required.

Additional information on severe storm preparedness is available at the Federal Emergency Management Agency website: www.ready.gov or at the National Weather Service NOAAWatch website: http://www.noaawatch.gov/.  

(Submitted by the Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.)

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