Fort McCoy News April 11, 2014

Tornado, Severe Weather Awareness April 21-25

April 21-25 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, 16 tornadoes were reported in Wisconsin by the National Weather Service (NWS). The strongest tornado, rated EF2, hit near New London in Waupaca County on Aug. 6-7 and injured 2 people when the Huckleberry Campground was hit with winds in excess of 90 mph.

A statewide tornado drill is planned for Thursday, April 24. 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 issued 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 25 if a threat of severe weather exists for Wisconsin on Thursday. Participation in the drills is encouraged but not required.

Additional information on severe storm preparedness is available at the Federal Emergency Management Agency website www.ready.gov, the National Weather Service NOAAWatch website http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/severeweather/index.shtml, or the Ready Wisconsin website http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/tornado/default.asp.

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