April 11-15, 2011 is Wisconsin's Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week (updated 250 pm 4/14)

It's that time of the year again when we need to start thinking and preparing for tornadoes and severe weather weather!

Please take time out of your busy schedule to learn something new about severe weather preparedness and safety issues - what you learn may save your life!


The week of April 11-15, 2011 is Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Emergency Management team and the five National Weather Service Forecast Offices that service Wisconsin are asking that everyone take time to go over their safety plans so that they will be ready when severe weather strikes.

Thursday, April 14th, a mock tornado drill will be conducted, with a mock tornado watch issued for all of Wisconsin and the adjacent coastal waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior at 1 PM. On NOAA Weather Radio All Hazard this mock tornado watch will be broadcast as a Required Weekly Test (RWT). Additionally, on the NOAA Weather Wire, the test watch will appear in the product identifier of WCN (Watch County Notification) issued by each of the 5 NWS offices.

Please note - the audiable tone-alert feature on certain weather radio receiver units will not activate for the mock tornado watch and mock tornado warnings broadcast under the Required Weekly Test (RWT) message.  In order to "listen" to the mock tornado watch and warning messages you will have to manually turn-on your weather radio receiver unit.

For detailed information about the week's activities, please click on the following links....

2011 Wisconsin Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week

Wisconsin Emergency Management

Ready Wisconsin

Severe Weather Spotter Page

Scary - Looking Cloud Club

NWS Reference Guide - Everything You Wanted to Know About the National Weather Service

Storm Prediction Center - About Tornadoes - About Derechoes - SPC WCM Page

What Do You Know About Wind-Resistant Buildings?

Wisconsin Severe Weather Climatology Page


Below is information from the Ready Wisconsin folks...

1)     PSA- Our public service announcement begins running in LaCrosse, Eau Claire, Wausau and Madison today and will air all this week

2)     Survival Stories- The PSA is based on our interview with Larry and Rita in Park Falls. Check out their story and others on our website:

     http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/tornado/survivors.asp

3)  Several TV and Radio stations across the state are doing stories about the campaign. Check out this story from WBAY in Green Bay over the weekend:

    http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=14418765

 4)     Our Radio Day events begin this week.
Wednesday: WEAU Eau Claire- Walgreens on South Hastings Way

Thursday: WLUK Green Bay- Mills Fleet Farm on Main Street

Other stations still committed but waiting to do events later in the spring.

5)     Our Trivia Challenge is up and running on our website. Answer a preparedness question for a chance to win an emergency weather radio.

             http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/tornado/trivia.asp



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