If you hear tornado sirens going off at around 1 p.m. Thursday, it’s likely for the statewide tornado drill that Racine County will be participating in.

Racine County residents are encouraged to join in on the mock tornado watch and warning, according to a press release by the Racine County Emergency Management department.

“It’s important that we each have a plan of action when severe weather strikes,” said Jonathan Delagrave, Racine County Executive. “This drill gives us a great opportunity to practice that plan.”

Learn more about preparing for a tornado.

The mock tornado drill schedule

1 p.m. National Weather Service issues a mock tornado watch for all of Wisconsin, a watch means tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms.

1:45 pmNational Weather Service issues mock tornado warning for all of Wisconsin (a warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated on weather radar. Move to a place of safety immediately).  There will be no all clear issued.

6:55 pmNational Weather Service issues mock tornado warning for all of Wisconsin (a warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated on weather radar. Move to a place of safety immediately).  There will be no all clear issued.

The warnings, which will be aired on television and radio stations, will last for about one minute.Once completed, the stations will return to regularly scheduled programming. Television viewers and radio station and emergency radio listeners will hear a message indicating that “this is a test.”

The outdoor warning sirens in Racine County will also be activated in the communities that have them, but most do not have them. The sirens are not meant to be heard indoors, but you may hear them at times.

NOAA Weather Radios are recommended and are more reliable than outdoor warning sirens.

“Every person should know what to do when severe weather strikes,” said Racine County Emergency Management Coordinator David Maack, “and every home, school and business should not only have a NOAA weather radio but should also look into the various free text alerts that are now available.”

State offers cell phone application

The state also has  Ready Badger, an application designed to help residents prepare for disasters, weather and non-weather related. The application, which was developed by UW-Parkside students, is available for iOS and Android. It also allows people to submit damage reports.

“We are excited about this app,” Maack said. “it is a great tool that citizens of Racine can use to be better prepared for emergencies.”

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.