Monday, April 16, 2012

April 16-20, 2012 is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin

The tornado is the most violent of storms. Winds can be as high as 300 miles per hour and forward speeds as high as 40 miles per hour. May, June, July and August are the most likely months for tornados to develop. June is usually the worst month. About 80 percent of tornados strike between noon and midnight, with the busiest hour between 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The week of April 16-20, 2012 is Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Emergency Management team and the five National Weather Service Forecast Offices that service Wisconsin are asking that everyone take time to go over their safety plans so that they will be ready when severe weather strikes.

On Thursday, April 19, 2012, a mock tornado drill will be conducted, with a mock tornado watch and warning issued for all of Wisconsin. This is a great opportunity for everyone to practice your tornado emergency plan with family, friends and co-workers. The School District of Janesville will be participating in the drill.

Every precaution has been taken to protect students and staff members during periods of severe weather. School District of Janesville students and staff are made aware of predetermined areas of shelter to which they move during severe weather warnings. During times of weather warnings, students will be kept in their shelter areas beyond normal dismissal times and staff will remain with them. For safety reasons students will not be released until either the National Weather Service or local police or fire officials issue an “all clear” signal. Children will not be released to families during the time of a weather warning as student safety is a top priority for The School District of Janesville.

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