WI Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week

Did you know that Grant County has had more tornado events than any other Wisconsin County except for Dane?  We sustained two small tornadoes in 2018, including an EF-0 tornado in Georgetown that was caught on video.  Luckily the 2018 tornadoes were short lived and caused minimal damage.

Governor Tony Evers has declared April 8-12 as Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week.  The Statewide Tornado Drills will take place on Thursday, April 11.  The afternoon drill will have a mock tornado watch issued at 1:00pm and a tornado warning at 1:45pm.  The evening drill will have a warning issued at 6:45pm.  All municipal tornado sirens in Grant County will be sounded for both drills.  The drill provides a great opportunity for your facility to practice severe weather emergency procedures.  Please see the attached Tornado Awareness Packet for more information.

I’m also attaching information on the Emergency Management Alerting System, installed in most public facilities throughout Grant County such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes, major employers and other public buildings.  If you don’t have a receiver, you may wish to consider purchasing one as it is a great way to get relevant, current severe weather information that is specific to Grant County.  For those who have receivers but have not been receiving the weekly tests (Wednesdays at 10AM), please contact our office and we’ll add you to our list of spring repair stops.

Also, please remember that Grant County’s SKYWARN weather spotter training session will be held on Monday, April 22, at 6:30PM at the Platteville Fire Station.

Steve Braun, Director


1000 North Adams Street

PO Box 506

Lancaster, WI  53813


Office 608.723.7171

Cell 608.778.1155