UW-Green Bay to participate in statewide Tornado Drill on April 20

On Thursday, April 20, 2023 between 1:00 p.m. and 1:45 p.m., there will be a Statewide Tornado Drill that requires your participation. Before the Tornado Drill:

  • Discuss within your office, your classroom, or with your staff as to where you could go in the event of a Tornado Warning.

What will happen during the Tornado Drill?

At 1:00 p.m. a mock tornado watch will be issued, which means that conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop and you should monitor weather conditions via local media or national weather service. In the event of a Tornado Watch no siren or public address message will sound.

At 1:45 p.m. a mock tornado warning will be issued, which means a Tornado has been sighted in the area. Do the following:

  • If you are outside, you should hear the tornado sirens emit a steady tone for three minutes.
  • University of Wisconsin Green Bay Police will send out the warning using several of its warning systems: public address announcement, text message (GB Alert), and a pop-up message on your computer alerting you of the mock Tornado Drill, and requesting that you seek immediate cover.  In seeking cover, you should:
  • Evacuate to an interior room or hallway, and on the lowest level if it is safe to do so. Stay away from windows, glass, and large open areas. Protect your head and face; get under a steady surface or structure if one is available.
  • Once in a safe location tune into local media or the National Weather Service via radio, cell phone or computer if available.
  • You should remain in a shelter area for five (5) minutes.
  • Five (5) minutes after the mock warning is sounded, a mock all clear will be given and the warning sirens, public address announcement and text message (GB Alert) will be activated ending the mock tornado drill.
  • If you do not receive a mock all clear notice after five (5) minutes, you should return to your normal work or activity.

NOTE:  Brown County Emergency management will be conducting an evening drill in various areas at 6:45 p.m. The campus will not be participating in the evening drill; however, you may hear the County Wide sirens at 6:45 p.m.

If you have not signed up for GB Alert, the UW-Green Bay emergency text messaging system, you can do so by going to: GB Alert – Emergency Notification System – Emergency Information – University Police – UW-Green Bay (uwgb.edu)

If you do not hear the mock Tornado Drill Announcement or the announcement was not loud enough, please report to Scott Piontek (pionteks@uwgb.edu), Safety and Emergency Manager, as to what the problem was and where you were at the time of the announcement. For additional information about what to do in the event of a Tornado/Severe Weather or other emergencies go to the UW-Green Bay Emergency Plan

For another great source of information regarding the drill, visit 2023 Wisconsin Statewide Tornado Drill set for April 20 – Wisconsin Emergency Management

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