WEATHER SPOTTER COURSES
Walworth County Sheriff Kurt Picknell and Emergency Management Director Lt. John Ennis
announce the Weather Spotter Courses for Walworth County.
Each year in preparation for the “Storm Season” the National Weather Service and
Wisconsin Emergency Management team up with local emergency managers and local partners
to present storm spotter classes. The goal of these classes is to inform the public
on what to watch for and how to stay safe in the event of a tornado or major storm.
Also of great importance is how to receive the most current and up to date information for
your area. We all know that storm sirens sound for tornados, but did you know that not
all areas have storm sirens. Depending on the wind or if you are indoors you may not be
able to hear the siren. The best source of weather information is a weather radio.
This provides detailed and timely information for your area. Once you receive this alert
on the weather radio you can tune into your local TV or radio station and continue
to receive up to the minute information on storms in your area.
Attending a storm spotter class will help you understand the significance of storm warnings
and provide you with information on how to Stay Safe during a storm.
If you are able to attend a storm spotter session,
bring a friend or bring the kids and learn how
to “Stay Alert and Stay Alive.”
Three Classes are offered in Walworth County during April:
April 10th 1:00PM, Delavan Fire Department
811 Ann Street, Delavan WI
April 13th 6:30PM, Lake Geneva City Hall
626 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva WI
April 19th 6:30PM, Sharon Fire Department
182 Park Ave, Sharon WI
No pre-registration is required.
The state will conduct a mock tornado drill on Thursday April 20, 2017.
On Thursday, April 20, 2017, two statewide tornado drills are planned.
A mock tornado watch will be issued statewide by the NWS at 1:00 pm.
A mock tornado warning will follow at 1:45 pm with the drill ending at 2:00 pm.
The mock alerts will be issued on NOAA Weather Radios, and your local TV and radio stations.
Many communities will sound their tornado sirens at 1:45PM. An evening drill is scheduled
on the same day with a mock tornado warning to take place at 6:45 pm.
This gives families and workers an opportunity to practice their severe weather plans
at Home or work. The tornado drill will take place even if the sky is cloudy, dark and or rainy.
If actual severe storms are expected in the state on Thursday, the tornado drills will be
postponed until Friday, April 21 at the same times. If severe storms are possible Friday,
the drills will be cancelled. Any changes will be issued to local media as well as posted
on the Ready Wisconsin website at http://readywisconsin.wi.gov.
More information can be found on the above website or on the Walworth County
Emergency Management Website listed here: http://www.co.walworth.wi.us/Sheriffs%20Office/Emergency%20Management/default.aspx.
Included are brochures that include important information on items related to storms,
including lightning, myths and truths about tornados, work and school safety,
NOAA weather radios, flooding and flash flooding family disaster planning
and the difference between watches and warnings.