National Weather Service to Conduct Tornado Drill Today in Minnesota and Wisconsin
As we enter the spring and summer storm season, the National Weather Service will be conducting a tornado drill in both Minnesota and Wisconsin today (April 24). The drill is designed to do a number of things, which include testing warning equipment, making the public aware of warning methods, and creating general storm awareness. The National Weather Service encourages the public to treat these drills as an opportunity to practice your plan of action in the event of an actual tornado.
Here Is What To Know
- At 1:00 pm today, the National Weather Service will issue an exercise tornado watch, simulating something that happens with stormy conditions that may produce tornadoes.
- At 1:45 pm, a test tornado warning will be issued. Civil alert sirens will go off and emergency broadcast messages on radio and television will be broadcast at this time.
- At 2:00 pm the National Weather Service will issue an “end of test” message.
- Again at 6:55 pm tonight, another test tornado warning will be issued. The same procedures as the the 1:45 pm test will be followed.
- At 7:10 pm the National Weather Service will issue an “end of test” message.
- A TORNADO WATCH means that conditions are favorable for the potential development of tornadoes
- A TORNADO WARNING means that tornadic activity has either been indicated by radar or spotted by a trained spotter. When a warning is issued for your area, it is important to take action immediately.
How To Prepare
The National Weather Service and the Federal Government’s Ready.gov website encourage you to have a plan of action in the event of a tornado, and today is a good day to discuss and practice said plan. Here are the recommendations they offer:
|IF YOU ARE IN:||THEN:|
|A structure (e.g. residence, small building, school, nursing home, hospital, factory, shopping center, high-rise building)||
|A manufactured home or office||
|The outside with no shelter||