UPDATE THURSDAY 4/19/2018
During severe weather week, Storm Team 5 guided Northeast Wisconsin on how to prepare for a weather emergency.
Watch the full segment in the video at the top of the story.
FRIDAY 4/12/2018 2:15 pm.
Live digital coverage from Local 5 during the state-wide tornado drill.
LIVE in Studio at 1:45
LIVE at WFRV at 1:45
LIVE at Webster Elementary School at 1:45
ORIGINAL STORY: FRIDAY 4/6/2018
UPDATE: THURSDAY 4/12/2018
This week is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin, and officials want to make sure people are prepared when severe weather arrives.
On Thursday, all 72 counties in Wisconsin are having 2 tornado drills – the first at 1:45 p.m., and the second at 6:45 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Wisconsin and Wisconsin Emergency Management say this is a great opportunity to practice your safety plans, as the best time to prepare for severe weather (for example, damaging winds, lightning, hail, and tornadoes, is before it arrives.)
Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes per year, with most tornadoes occurring from mid-afternoon into early evening. The peak tornado season is just around the corner, from May through August.
The multiple drills today give the opportunity to practice safety in different scenarios.
“We all want everybody to stay safe,” says Lisa Van Schyndel, Outagamie County Emergency Management Director. “So when we talk about staying safe, we talk about family plans, and are the families prepared at home during the event that severe weather comes, are they prepared when they’re at work or their children are at school?”
The drills are also an excellent opportunity to practice your emergency plan, designate a shelter area, and review your emergency kit.
According to Ready Wisconsin, an emergency kit can include the following items:
-two rolls of duct tape
-toilet supplies and any necessary medications
-a portable, battery operated radio
For more information on steps to take during a tornado, click on the link below:
Local 5 is also airing a severe weather, “Eye on the Storm”, on Friday, April 13th, at 6:30 p.m., hosted by Chief Meteorologist Luke Sampe.