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Wisconsin Tests Severe Weather PreparednessSubmitted: 04/19/2013
WISCONSIN - It may not look anything like tornado season outside but the state still wants to make sure you'll be ready when it is. The National Weather service issued a tornado watch at 1:00 and tornado warning at 1:45 today.

"Taking these warnings and issues seriously is very important. If you do hear a tornado siren or your weather radio goes off, at least go to safety and find out what exactly is happening," says Ken Kortenhof, Oneida Emergency Management Director.

In today's world, it is important to be prepared for all types of emergencies. There are tools to help with that.

"One of the best things you can do for your family is buy a weather radio. The weather radio basically give you the information right as the National Weather Service is broadcasting it. So that's a very good tool for your family," says Ken Kortenhof.

With weather emergencies, there is some warning time to get ready. Weather forecasts can give us an idea of if something should happen during the day or night.

"The biggest thing is to be aware of the conditions. If there's a tornado watch or a severe thunderstorm watch be aware that that is, in fact, going on. That the weather conditions are right for severe weather to develop," says Ken Kortenhof.

No matter where you are, you should always have a plan for severe weather. That way you can always stay safe when the weather changes quickly.

Story By: Melissa Constanzer

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