No sirens for evening tornado drill in Dane Co.

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DANE COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV)--- The first spring tornado drills happened Friday, but according to Dane Co. Emergency Management, there will be no siren sound for the 6:45 p.m. drill.

The the drill started with a mock tornado watch at 1 p.m., followed by a statewide mock tornado warning at 1:45 p.m.

The drill was scheduled to happen on Thursday, but it was postponed due to the winter storm.

Many radio and TV stations across the state issued the test tornado warnings. In addition, mock alerts were issued on NOAA Weather Radios and many communities will sound their tornado sirens to test their emergency severe weather plans.

Later, a mock tornado warning will be issued at 6:45 p.m. to give families and second-shift workers a chance to practice their emergency plans.

Dane County is not participating in the 6:45 p.m. The public alerting system will not be activated here in Dane County, and the sirens will not be sounded as part of this test.

Dane Co. Emergency Management Assistant Director Dave Janda said they did not want to catch anyone off-guard on a Friday evening.

"It being on Friday has caused a little bit of challenge in actually running the drill, particularly the evening drill," Janda said.

Schools also participated in the state-wide drill. The principal of Sugar Creek Elementary in Verona, Todd Brunner, said they practice more than just once a year to stay prepared.

"It becomes second nature and people feel much more comfortable, less worried and we can ensure everything goes smoothly," Brunner said.