Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week

County Executive Jim Ladwig has joined with Governor Scott Walker in proclaiming April 16-20, 2012 as Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. On Thursday, April 19, 2012, a statewide drill is planned. At 1pm, the National Weather Service will issue a mock Tornado Watch and at 1:45pm a statewide mock Tornado Warning. For the first time ever, Radio, TV and Cable stations across Wisconsin will participate in the drill. And for the first time, NOAA Weather Radios (also known as Emergency Weather Radios) will be tested during the drill. In addition, Outdoor warning sirens will be activated in those communities that have them. This is an ideal opportunity for schools, businesses and individuals to practice safe procedures for severe weather.

Steps that you can take to be prepared include:

  1. Get a NOAA Weather Radio. Weather radios broadcast official National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When watches and warnings are issued, an alarm goes off.
  2. Sign up for email and cell phone text weather alerts. The Weather Channel is just one of many who offer this free service.
  3. Get a Kit. When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it’s best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.
  4. Have a plan. Designate shelter areas in the home and workplace. The safest place is generally the basement. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
  5. Practice tornado drills at home and work.
  6. Finally, be informed. Learn all you can about tornadoes and severe weather. Racine County Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Milwaukee Area Skywarn Association, will be conducting a Tornado and Severe Weather Spotter Seminar on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 from 6:00 pm -8:30 pm at the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation (CATI), 2320 Renaissance Blvd (County Trunk Highway H), Sturtevant. While there is no charge to attend, pre-registration is necessary by calling 262.636.3513.

For more information about Racine County Emergency Management, check out our website at www.racineco.com/emergencymanagement or call us at 262.636.3513.

David L. Maack, CEM, CPM, WCEM l Coordinator
Racine County Office of Emergency Management
Office: 262.636.3515 l Fax: 262.636.3505
E-mail: david.maack@goRacine.org
Blog: readyracine.blogspot.com
Website: www.racineco.com/emergencymanagement
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