Village public safety officials are alerting citizens to be prepared and vigilant for severe weather, including tornadoes. Understanding risk is an important part of tornado safety. Fortunately, most tornado warnings turn out to be just severe thunderstorms. But tornadoes form with little or no warning and their paths are completely unpredictable. They can also be transparent until they touch down. As a result of the severity of risk related to severe weather, everyone should take immediate action when a tornado warning is issued.
a tornado warning is issued: Head for cover! Now! Don't wait for it
to get bad, just go now. How long do you wait after reaching a
shelter? The National Weather Service will specify how long the alert is
in effect. Stay in your safe location until the alert expires. Tornadoes
often form on the tail end of thunderstorms. So, it's important to
stay in a safe location until the threat is completely past.
Tornado Warnings and Watches
note about a tornado warning versus tornado watch: A watch means there
may be possible tornado activity and you should be on alert for a
tornado warning. A warning means that an actual tornado has been
NOAA Weather Radio and Sirens
The most important thing you can do to prepare for tornado safety is get a NOAA
Weather Radio. Get one that automatically alerts you of dangerous
weather. Make sure you get a SAME capable radio so you don't get
desensitized to alerts that don't pertain to you. Remember that Sirens
are designed to alert persons outside. You may not hear them well
inside your home.
Tornado Safety Cell Phone Alerts
can also sign up for alerts on your cell phone from various weather
sites. One site that provides this service is weather.com. Check the
"Severe Weather Alerts" option. After you finish creating the alert
click "edit settings" and select the "severe only" option. This will
filter out the non-life threatening alerts.
residents who do not have safe shelter or lack a basement, two public
shelter locations have been designated. In the event of a tornado siren
sounding, the Bellevue Community Center /Fire Station #2 (1811 Allouez
Ave) and Public Safety Building / Fire Station #1 (3100 Eaton Road)
will be opened to accept citizens who wish to relocate to either
shelter. Citizens should be encouraged to contact 911 for any other
For more information on tornado safety, visit the Federal Emergency Management Administration website at: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/tornado/index.shtm