Mock tornado drill takes place today in WisconsinWisconsin Weather
-- Wisconsin schools, businesses, and residents will get a chance today to practice their responses to a tornado warning.
Wisconsin schools, businesses, and residents will get a chance today to practice their responses to a tornado warning.
The National Weather Service will conduct a mock tornado drill from 1-to-2 p.m. this afternoon, as part of the state’s Tornado-and-Severe Weather Awareness Week. For the first time ever, Wisconsin’s radio, cable, and broadcast TV stations will take part in the statewide drill. And the NOAA weather radio system will also be tested for the first time.
Tod Pritchard of Wisconsin Emergency Management says you shouldn’t blow off a tornado warning. More sophisticated radar systems have created more false alarms in recent years -- but officials say ignoring weather warnings are recipes for deaths-and-injuries. Pritchard cited a Weather Service study which showed that the survivors of last year’s Joplin, Missouri tornado needed 2-to-9 warning confirmations before they finally sought shelter.