Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Students, workers statewide to practice tornado drills during Severe Weather Awareness Week

Students, workers statewide to practice tornado drills during Severe Weather Awareness Week

You will also want to have ready a safety plan, including a safe place to go, so that if a tornado warning is issued you will know what to do.

A tornado watch is in effect until 2 p.m. for several parishes in the area.

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The National Weather Service, the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and other state, county and local agencies have come together to host Severe Weather Awareness Week activities. The southeastern part of Minnesota, including Rochester and Winona, is not in the watch area, but can expect rain, the weather service said. Towards our west, a Tornado Watch has been issued for a large number of counties in that half of the state.

Osage County Sheriff's Office is responsible for activation of the tornado sirens. Television viewers and radio station listeners and TV viewers should hear or see a simulated tornado warning message at 1:45 p.m.

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Janda called cell phone alerts the biggest "game changer" in emergency alert technology, but says his department is continually looking at ways to improve the system. "We're looking to get warnings out as many ways as possible and getting people information as early as possible".

The WSFA First Alert Weather Team has declared a First Alert Weather Day in anticipation of widespread heavy rain and strong to severe thunderstorms. Dane County has 136 sirens.

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Be sure to have means of getting weather alert either with a weather radio or the Action News 5 First Alert Weather app. Outdoor Warning Systems will NOT activate.

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