WI Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week

By: Sabrina Wu
By: Sabrina Wu

Although the weather Thursday was beautiful, people in Northcentral Wisconsin spent the day getting ready for severe weather season.

Last year 26 tornados touched down in Wisconsin. Local emergency management agencies are testing their warning systems during the week of April 7-11. Officials say they want to be ready for anything, including the possibility of a siren not going off.

"There's always a danger of that happening," Sandra Curtis, with Portage County Emergency Management said. "That's why we don't rely on the siren as the only method to communicate tornado warnings."

Curtis says there are radio weather alert systems located in at least 60 nursing homes, hospitals, schools and businesses in Portage County. She says this is in addition to a warning system that overrides broadcasts on cable television.

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