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Image Did you know this week, April 21-25, marks Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin is May through August; June has the greatest amount of tornadoes. The average Wisconsin tornado has a duration of 7-8 minutes, a path of 4-5 miles and a damage width of approximately

Straight-line tornadoes are another hazard that occurs this time of year. Every season, Wisconsin will receive a few storms that produce hurricane-force winds from 75 to 150 miles per hour. It’s important to remember to go to a safe and secure area during a thunderstorm or tornado warning.

This afternoon at 1:00 pm CST, a mock tornado watch will be issued for the entire state. At 1:45 pm CST, the national weather service offices located in Milwaukee, Green Bay and La Crosse will issue mock tornado warnings. By 2:00 pm CST, the tests will be finished.

The Wisconsin Emergency Management team asks that you take some time this week to review your home safety plans so everyone is prepared in case severe weather strikes.

Lions Camp is set up with an emergency weather radio just like schools so staff are always aware of special weather conditions and are ready to get the campers to shelter if the need arises.

SPECIAL NOTE: Due to multiple lightning strikes which have repeatedly damaged the phone system, when there is a storm with thunder and lightning, the phone system for the WLF, Camp, State Office & Lions Pride are shut down. If there is inclement weather and no one answers when you call these offices, please try back later.

Lions are known for their humanitarian efforts around the world including disaster relief. Through the Lions ALERT, when a disaster strikes, Lions respond and mobilize to assist the community. Lions work with local authorities in preparing for and responding to natural, man-made or healthcare disasters. If you would like more information about this program send us an email and we will connect you with someone in your area. The Lions ALERT webpage also offers a downloadable checklist for personal safety which can be helpful for Lions and non-Lions alike.

Sources: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx/?n=severe_weather_awareness and http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/member-center/planning-projects/disaster-preparedness-and-relief/alert-program/