Welcome to severe weather awareness week in Wisconsin. Now is the time of year to make sure you and your family knows what to do in the event of severe weather. Last year, southeastern Wisconsin had a very quiet severe weather season. That does not mean this year will be the same. We need to be aware of severe weather any time of the year. Wisconsin has had tornadoes in every month, but February. Just a few years ago, we had a powerful tornado on January 7th in Kenosha county. Mother nature does not know what the calendar says.
I am attaching some of the severe weather information you can find on our web site. It is easy to find, but is a bit hidden on our website. Once you are on wisn.com, click on the weather tab on the left side of the screen. After you do this, the weather page will appear. To find severe weather and a lot of other weather information, click on the icon called, “weather”.
Turn To Weather Watch 12 During Rough Weather
Tornado warning: A tornado has been spotted by a trained observer or detected on radar. Take shelter immediately.
Severe thunderstorm watch: Conditions are right for severe thunderstorms to form. Storms could produce hail, intense lightning strikes, strong winds or localized flooding.
Severe thunderstorm warning: Severe thunderstorms have been spotted on radar or damage is occurring. Take shelter immediately.
- Go to the basement and get under the stairs. If you can’t get under the stairs, go to the center of the basement.
- If you don’t have a basement, go to the first floor bathroom, closet or small room in the center of the house. Get as many walls between you and the outdoors as possible.
- Get under heavy furniture or cover yourself with a mattress. If a mattress isn’t available, use blankets or pillows. The biggest threat of death or injury comes from flying debris.
- Keep windows closed and stay away from them.
- Go to the lowest floor or basement as practiced in drills.
- Get to interior rooms or hallways and protect your head
- Stay out of gymnasiums and auditoriums.
- Go to a designated shelter, an interior hallway, or small room on the lowest floor.
- Stay away from windows.
- If it is not possible to drive safely away, get out of your car and lie flat in a ditch or depression.
- Do not seek shelter under an overpass.
- Stay away from large trees or metal poles.
- Cover your head.
- Leave your mobile home immediately.
- If there is no designated shelter, take cover in a ditch or depression.
- Have a plan of action and meeting place before threatening weather occurs
- Flash flood warnings mean that flooding is imminent. If you live in a flood-prone area, be prepared to go to higher ground when a warned is issued.
- Never drive through water if you don’t know the depth. One foot of moving water can sweep most cards off of roads.
- Canned foods (fish, meats, poultry packed in water, fruits and vegetables)
- Nonelectric can opener
- Bottled water
- Portable radio
- Extra batteries
- Fire extinguisher
- First-aid kit and medication
- Powdered/canned milk and juice
- Baby food and formula
- Extra set of car keys
- Make sure that everyone in your family is safe.
- Use your flashlight to inspect for damage.
- Wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing.
- Use the telephone only for emergencies.
- Watch out for downed power lines.
- Do not venture into the damaged areas, as you may interfere with emergency operations.