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