UPDATE: Wis. Emergency Officials to Hold Tornado Drill

UPDATED Friday, April 19, 2013 --- 12:55 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Emergency management officials are holding a statewide tornado drill.

It will begin 1 p.m. Friday with a tornado watch being issued and then the warning will be issued at 1:45 p.m.

Wisconsin Emergency Management officials originally scheduled the statewide drill for Thursday but pushed it to Friday because of the threat of severe weather.

State officials say Friday's tornado drill will go ahead as planned, since the National Weather Service says there is no threat of severe storms or tornadoes anywhere in Wisconsin on Friday.

Gov. Scott Walker has proclaimed this week as Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness week in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually. Last year, only four tornadoes were reported in Wisconsin. There were no fatalities or injuries.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Thursday, April 18, 2013 --- 10:14 a.m.

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) -- Employees at one Wisconsin business say they will be taking Friday's statewide tornado drill very seriously.

Northern Wire in Merrill saw its front office destroyed and roof ripped off by a 2011 tornado with wind speeds approaching 200 mph.

Human Resources Manager Jennifer Berreth told the Wausau Daily Herald that before that many people saw tornado drills as a kind of fun break from work. She says now they take them much more seriously.

Wisconsin's statewide tornado drill was originally scheduled for Thursday but was pushed to Friday because of the threat of severe weather. Officials say they are evaluating conditions to see if it should be delayed again.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Wednesday, April 17, 2013 --- 5:47 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin has postponed a statewide tornado drill because of the threat of severe weather.

The drill had been scheduled for Thursday. But Thursday's forecast calls for severe weather in southern Wisconsin, so the drill has been postponed until Friday.

Wisconsin Emergency Management spokesman Tod Pritchard says officials will re-evaluate the situation Thursday to see if the drill should be delayed again.

Minnesota will conduct its tornado drills Thursday as scheduled.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Wednesday, April 17, 2013 --- 2:27 p.m.

From the Dodge County Office of Emergency Management:

The State of Wisconsin Tornado Drill scheduled for Thursday, April 18 has been POSTPONED due to the threat of severe weather and possible tornadoes in Southeast WI tomorrow.

The tornado drill has been rescheduled for Friday, April 19 with a statewide tornado watch issued at 1:00 p.m. and a statewide tornado warning issued at 1:45 p.m.


Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2013 --- 7:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A tornado drill is planned statewide across Wisconsin on April 18 as part of severe weather awareness week.

Wisconsin Emergency Management, Ready Wisconsin and the National Weather Service have teamed up to make people aware of the dangers of severe storms and tornadoes next week.

Last year there were four confirmed tornadoes in Wisconsin, far below the average of 23 annually. In 2011, there were 38 confirmed tornadoes which resulted in one fatality.

The peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August, but tornadoes have been reported throughout the year.

If severe storms are actually happening when the drill is planned April 18, it will be postponed to April 19.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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