Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week

Are you and your family ready for the storms?  Tornadoes and severe weather are guaranteed every Wisconsin spring and summer.  Preparing now could save your life and the lives of loved ones.

Here are some Severe Weather Fast Facts from the National Weather Service and Wisconsin Emergency Management:

  • Wisconsin averages 21 tornadoes annually.
  • In 2010, 46 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the National Weather Services, the second greatest yearly number on record. Fortunately, no one was killed but 22 were injured and the tornadoes caused nearly $30 million in property damage.
  • The peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August, but tornadoes can occur any time of year, like the January 7, 2008 storms near Kenosha.
  • Tornados can occur anytime during the day or night, but are most frequent between 4pm and 9pm.
  • Know what we know! Everyone should have an emergency weather radio in their home, office, and school. That way you’ll get the severe weather warnings as soon as we have it here at Wisconsin Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.

Visit to see our emergency weather radios.

For the Red Cross Tornado Safety Checklist, click here.

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