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Statewide tornado drill set for April 16
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Listen, Act and Live! Those words could protect you and your family during severe storm season.

Listening to warnings and seeking shelter immediately will save lives.  That’s why Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), Vernon County Emergency Management, ReadyWisconsin, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) have teamed up for Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week from April 13-17.

On April 16, a statewide tornado drill is planned. At 1 p.m., the National Weather Service will issue a statewide mock tornado watch and at 1:45 p.m., a statewide mock tornado warning. Many radio and TV stations will participate in the drill.

In addition, NOAA weather radios (also known as emergency weather radios) will issue alert messaging. This is an ideal opportunity for schools, businesses and families to practice safe procedures for severe weather.

The tornado drill will take place even if the sky is cloudy, dark and/or rainy. If actual severe storms are expected in the state April 16, the tornado drill will be postponed until April 17 with the same times. If severe storms are possible April 17, the drill will be cancelled. Any changes will be issued to local media as well as posted on the ReadyWisconsin website, Facebook and Twitter pages.