Statewide tornado drills today

The National Weather Service says today’s statewide tornado drills are a “Go.”

At 1 p.m., the National Weather Service will issue a statewide test tornado watch and at 1:45 p.m. a statewide test tornado warning. This drill ends at 2 p.m.

A second drill will occur at 6:45 p.m. with another mock tornado warning. There is no risk of severe weather in the state on Thursday.

Many Wisconsin radio and TV stations will participate in the drill. In addition, NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (also known as emergency weather radios) will issue alert messaging. Many outdoor warning sirens across the state will also be activated. This is an ideal opportunity for schools, businesses and families to practice safety procedures for severe weather.

These drills are possible through a partnership with the National Weather Service, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and Wisconsin Emergency Management.

For information, go to http://readywisconsin.wi.gov.