It’s still chilly outside, but tornado season is here, and we at Local 5 want to make sure you are prepared.
Today marks the start of Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness week in Wisconsin, a great time to get your family ready for tornado season.
“If you’re sitting with your family and you think to yourself, we don’t have a plan in place for when storms happen, a good idea is to get together and have a common plan for how to act when this situation arises,” said Justin Steinbrinck, Emergency Management Coordinator for Brown County.
NOAA weather radios and local television are just a few ways to get immediate weather information, but being ready with a plan is key.
“Have a plan, know that plan, and act on that plan,” said Steinbrinck.
“It was a hot day, and I know the tornado warnings were out,” said homeowner, Deb Sova, as she recalls an EF-1 tornado that hit her house. She of the victims of the Kaukauna tornado on April 10, 2011.
“We lost all the windows downstairs, a number of them upstarts, we lost our garage, and the neighbors garage was in our yard. There was a house next door and it’s a parking lot now,” said Sova.
Trees down, power lines down, and houses blown away in a matter of seconds.
“You really didn’t have time to do anything, it happened so fast. My husband just barely got the basement door shut and it hit.”
That’s why she now knows the importance of having a severe weather plan ready for her family. She says you need to be prepared, you need to have a plan and know where you’re going to go in case there is an emergency.
A good time to practice your family’s tornado plan is this Thursday, April 14th, for a statewide mock tornado warning at 6:55pm.
You can also watch the entire storm team five team next Wednesday during our annual “Eye on the Storm” severe weather special.
We focus on severe weather preparedness and take a look back at the Oakfield EF-5 tornado, 20 years later. We’ll have eyewitness accounts and take a look at how the village rebuilt after this catastrophic storm.
“Eye on the Storm” airs next Wednesday, April 20th at 6:30pm.