04/13/2020- The coronavirus pandemic is weighing heavy on the minds of many, but safety officials in Wisconsin say now’s the time to prepare for another type of threat- severe weather. Governor Tony Evers has declared this Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state and ReadyWisconsin is encouraging everyone to take time this spring to talk about weather safety with their families. Andrew Beckett is a spokesperson with Wisconsin Emergency Management. He says with many people spending more time at home under COVID-19 lock downs, it’s a good opportunity to review and discuss important family safety plans.
Beckett adds that, while spring and summer are the most active times for tornadoes in Wisconsin, they can happen at any time of year.
While most of Wisconsin has become familiar with the annual statewide tornado drill, the ongoing response to COVID-19 in the state means a break from that tradition this year. Instead, ReadyWisconsin and the National Weather Service are encouraging residents to participate in a Virtual Tornado Drill at 1:45 p.m. on April 16.