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Tornado Drill Information

On Thursday, April 12, two tornado drills will be conducted. At 1 pm, a test Tornado Watch will be issued for all of Wisconsin and will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio. At 1:45 pm, the NWS Green Bay office will issue a test Tornado Warning. The test warning will be broadcast as a test on NOAA Weather Radio using the real Tornado Warning code. The afternoon drill will conclude at 2 pm. An evening drill (Warning only) will occur at 6:45 p.m.

Schedule for the Tornado Drills:

1:00 p.m. -  A test Tornado Watch is issued for all of Wisconsin by the NWS Storm Prediction Center

1:45 p.m. -  NWS offices in Wisconsin issue test Tornado Warnings using actual Tornado Warning code

2:00 p.m. - Afternoon drill ends with the issuance of Severe Weather Statements

6:45 p.m. - NWS offices in Wisconsin issue second test Tornado Warning using actual Tornado Warning code

Note: The test Tornado Warnings will NOT be broadcast to cell phones as a wireless emergency alert (WEA).

Tornado drill

If significant severe weather were to threaten Wisconsin on Thursday, the drill would be postponed to Friday.

More Information to Help You Become Weather-Ready

Wireless Emergency Alerts - Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) send Tornado Warnings and Flash Flood Warnings to your cell phone. Click here to learn about WEA and how the alerts might impact how you receive a warning. Here is a new PSA featuring a Flash Flood Warning and Wireless Emergency Alerts: Click here

The "Be A Force of Nature" website is located on the National Weather Service's Weather-Ready Nation page. There is a wealth of preparedness material on the page!  Click here

Videos with information about what to do before, during, and after a tornado:

Get Weather-Ready: Before a Tornado

Get Weather-Ready: During a Tornado

Get Weather-Ready: After a Tornado


Click here for more information about Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week.