Rock County participates in statewide tornado drill Thursday

Sheriff Spoden proudly announces that the Rock County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management

Bureau has teamed up with Rock County 911 Communications, Wisconsin Emergency Management,

the National Weather Service, and Ready Wisconsin to recognize Tornado and Severe Weather

Awareness Week, which will begin April 21st, 2014.

Did you know?

· Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually.

· In 2013, 16 tornados touched down in Wisconsin. Six of these occurred during the night and

early morning hours of August 6th and 7th when an EF2 tornado struck near New London in

Waupaca and Outagamie counties. Two residents were injured and damage costs climbed into

the millions.

· 38 tornados struck down in Wisconsin in 2011, the fourth highest number on record.

· The peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August, but a tornado can occur at any time of

year, as occurred on January 7, 2008 near Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Annual Statewide Tornado Drill – Thursday April 24th, 2014

On Thursday, April 24, 2014, a statewide tornado drill is planned. Many radio and television stations

will participate in the drill. In addition, NOAA weather radios (also known as emergency weather radios)

will issue alert messaging. This is an ideal opportunity for schools, businesses and families to practice

safe procedures for severe weather.

1:00 pm – The National Weather Service will issue a statewide mock tornado watch. A tornado

watch means that tornados are possible in your area. Citizens should remain alert for approaching


1:45 pm – The National Weather Service will issue a statewide mock tornado warning. A tornado

warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated on weather radar. Citizens should move to a

safe place immediately.

2:00 pm – Conclusion of mock tornado watch and warning drill