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|Be Ready for Wisconsin Tornadoes|
Did you know that…
• Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually.
• In 2014, 22 tornadoes were reported in Wisconsin by the National Weather Service. Eighteen of those tornadoes occurred in June. The strongest tornado in 2014 occurred on June 17 when an EF 3 tornado hit Verona in Dane County. At least 30 homes were damaged as well as the Country View Elementary School. The tornado traveled about a mile, had wind speeds of 136 to 165 mph and was on the ground for several minutes. An EF 2 touched down that same night in Platteville in Grant County. Several homes and businesses were damaged including the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.
• In 2013, 16 tornadoes touched down in Wisconsin including six tornadoes during the overnight hours of August 6-7. An EF 2 struck near New London in Waupaca and Outagamie counties injuring two people and caused millions of dollars in damage.
|Statewide Tornado Drill a "Go" for Thursday|
(Madison) – The National Weather Service says all Wisconsin offices are a “Go” for Thursday’s statewide tornado drill. At 1:00pm, the National Weather Service will issue a statewide test tornado watch and at 1:45pm a statewide test tornado warning. The drill ends at 2pm. There is no risk of severe weather in the state on Thursday with only a chance of scattered showers for southeastern Wisconsin.
Many Wisconsin radio and TV stations will participate in the drill. In addition, NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (also known as emergency weather radios) will issue alert messaging. Many outdoor warning sirens across the state will also be activated. This is an ideal opportunity for schools, businesses and families to practice safety procedures for severe weather.
|Wisconsin Homeland Security Council reports reflect continued collaboration|
The Governor’s Homeland Security Council unveiled two preparedness reports today that discuss the accomplishments and ongoing collaborative efforts by state and local agencies in 2014 along with an assessment of risks facing Wisconsin. Despite continued improvement, the reports reflect that the state must remain vigilant and continue to improve efforts to protect lives and property. Read Full Story
| Wisconsin’s Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week April 13-17, 2015|
(MADISON) – Listen, Act and Live! Those words could protect you and your family during severe storm season. Listening to warnings and seeking shelter immediately will save lives. That’s why Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), ReadyWisconsin, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) have teamed up for Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week from April 13-17, 2015.
Did you know that…
• Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually.
|Be ReadyWisconsin when you Spring Forward Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8, 2015|
(MADISON) – Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday as we “spring forward’ and set clocks ahead one hour. Daylight Saving Time is also a great time to check the things that keep us safe and ready for emergencies. ReadyWisconsin urges you to check these items:
• Smoke Detectors- Nearly 2,700 people die and more than 15,000 are injured each year because of fires that started in their homes. Now is the time to check and replace batteries if needed and make sure the devices around your house are working properly. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that about 16 million homes in the country have smoke alarms that do not work. In most cases, the batteries are dead or missing. This is a great time to put fresh batteries in your smoke detector. You should also replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8 to 10 years.
• Carbon Monoxide Detectors- Just last month, 30 people were checked and treated for carbon monoxide poisoning when the gas filled a Park Falls movie theater. In December, several people became ill in a Wisconsin Dells ice arena due to a malfunctioning ice resurface machine. According to the Centers for Disease Control, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States with more than 200 killed each year from overexposure to the gas. Never use gas or charcoal grills inside your home or an unventilated garage. Make sure you have CO Detectors and they are working. Now is also a good time to check and replace batteries in those units.
|Get Ready for Bitterly Cold Temperatures This Week|
(MADISON) – Dangerously cold temperatures and frigid wind chills are in the forecast for much of Wisconsin this week. ReadyWisconsin is reminding everyone about precautions you and your family should take to keep safe.
Forecast – The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for much of Wisconsin tonight through Thursday morning. Highs will hover just above 0 degrees for much of the state with wind chills of -20 to -35 degrees.
Health Risks – With these bitter temperatures, beware of hypothermia and frostbite.
Stay indoors as much as possible and limit your exposure to the cold. Dress in layers and keep dry. Check on family, friends, and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.
Frostbite can occur on exposed skin in less than 10 minutes. Symptoms include a loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in fingers, toes, ear tips and tip of the nose. Limit your time outside. If you see these signs, seek medical care immediately! Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness in adults and children. In infants, symptoms can include bright red or cold skin and very low energy. If you notice anyone exhibiting any of the symptoms of hypothermia, seek medical care immediately!
|Lt. General Honoré to Deliver Keynote at Gov. Conference on Emergency Management & Homeland Security|
(Madison) – Retired Lt. General Russel Honoré, who led recovery efforts following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, will be the keynote speaker at the 48th Annual Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management and Homeland Security. As the nation approaches the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Honoré will not only discuss lessons learned but why communities need to commit to preparedness before the next storm.
Honoré will be one of several speakers presenting at the conference that will be held March 11-12, 2015 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. More than 500 people from fire, law enforcement, emergency management, and other first responder agencies are expected to attend this year’s event.
|Wisconsin Warming Centers Open During Cold Weather|
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|Winter Weather Dangers - Important safety tips for the days ahead|
(MADISON) –The new year is bringing snow and arctic cold air that will impact Wisconsin the next few days. Here’s the latest information on weather conditions and tips to keep you and your family safe.
Bitter temperatures – Arctic air has moved in across the state creating dangerously cold wind chills. High temperatures will only be in the single digits, with low temperatures falling as low as -15. Bitterly cold overnight wind chill readings of -20 to -35 should be widespread across the state from Tuesday morning thru Thursday morning. The National Weather Service will likely issue wind chill advisories and/or warnings during this period. In addition, a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for parts of southern Wisconsin that could receive 2 to 5 inches of snow overnight.
On the road - If you are traveling make sure you have a winter emergency kit in your vehicle. Items to include in the kit are candles and matches, a flashlight, pocket knife, snacks, a cell phone adapter, a blanket and extra clothing. For a complete list go to http://ReadyWisconsin.wi.gov