Tornado Awareness Week

@just4him (106606)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
April 12, 2018 6:39pm CST
Our tornado siren goes off like clockwork at noon on Wednesday. So, you know when it goes off unexpectedly, something is wrong and you need to find shelter in a hurry. Here in this part of Northeast Wisconsin, we don't see a lot of tornadoes, but we do see them. This week is tornado awareness week, as I learned when the siren went off shortly before 2 pm. I was just about to take a nap, and decided to find out what was going on and if I needed to find shelter instead. Turning on the TV, I found a station talking about the siren, and across the screen said, DRILL. It was only a test. No worries. I turned off the TV and took my nap. Do you have drills for your weather situations, be it tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, or other weather disasters? I thought I would also share this picture of the cake I made today. Completely healthy, no sugar, my own recipe, made up on the fly, and very good. Thanks for reading.
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@sharon6345 (115155)
• United States
12 Apr
I am not use to that service here in Ny.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
I would think you would have something in place, especially with the nor'easter's you had this past month.
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@sharon6345 (115155)
• United States
13 Apr
@just4him No just a warning to stay off the roads. And a few arrests if people drove. school closes as well.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
@sharon6345 At least there were warnings.
@ivanituut (1632)
13 Apr
Yes in school
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
That's good.
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@ivanituut (1632)
13 Apr
@just4him For our safety right?
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
@ivanituut Yes, absolutely.
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@dodoazo (16140)
• Philippines
12 Apr
We never observe like that in our place. But we do have a drill on earthquake every year. It's a national synchronized activity. We only hear a strong blast of sirene when we celebrate the Fire Awareness in the month of March.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
Those are good to have.
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@dodoazo (16140)
• Philippines
13 Apr
@just4him it's also informative and educational.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
@dodoazo Yes, it is.
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@AmbiePam (47817)
• United States
13 Apr
No, I can't remember a time where they were sounded just as a drill. We use those a lot in Oklahoma, unfortunately. Spring and summer weather always brings them.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
Yes, it does, and April is Tornado awareness month in Wisconsin, so we have a week for active awareness, that I found out about suddenly.
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@LadyDuck (141407)
• Switzerland
13 Apr
They test our sirens every year, but luckily we never needed to find shelter. We do not have tornadoes, hurricanes or earthquakes in this area.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
That's good you don't have those major storms and quakes.
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@LadyDuck (141407)
• Switzerland
13 Apr
@just4him Strong wind time by time, but not destructive.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
@LadyDuck That's good it's not destructive.
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@JohnRoberts (49007)
• Los Angeles, California
12 Apr
Fortunately, California is not in tornado territory.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
No, but you do get earthquakes. I've felt those.
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@JohnRoberts (49007)
• Los Angeles, California
13 Apr
@just4him Quakes are once in a blue moon while tornadoes are a yearly threat.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
@JohnRoberts I don't know about that. When I lived in San Diego, I felt a shaking quite often. Granted they were just a shaking and nothing major. It's true there hasn't been a major shake-up in a while, but from what I'm hearing, it's coming.
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@andriaperry (43456)
• United States
13 Apr
No drills here but they do test them monthly, first Tuesday of the month.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
At least you know they work.
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@NJChicaa (35696)
• United States
13 Apr
I didn't realize Wisconsin had tornadoes. I always think of them down in the south and midwest.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
We get them, not often, but at least one a year likes to show itself.
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@sabtraversa (12095)
• Italy
13 Apr
We only had emergency drills at school. Here the only risk seems to be flood, and earthquake (though we haven't felt anything in 15 years). How long does the siren last? I bet it's very loud, and can be a nuisance if it's just for a test. Glad you're safe, that must have been scary.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
It was. They sounded it a second time, and that time I wasn't worried.
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@TRBRocks420 (70857)
• Banks, Oregon
13 Apr
We have a emergency broadcast test thing just in case yes
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
That's good.
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@mlgen1037 (8005)
• Manila, Philippines
13 Apr
Well, we do have earthquake drills and I think the government has this drills in case there are typhoons like what to do and where to go (evacuation centers). I like the brownies you made, Valerie. May I have some?
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
Sure, I still have a little left. They're very good. It's good you have earthquake drills.
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@mlgen1037 (8005)
• Manila, Philippines
13 Apr
@just4him Yehey. Thank you, Valerie. Yup, most especially for those who live and work in a building.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
@mlgen1037 You're welcome. Now they're all gone. Yes, it is important to have those drills for people who work in buildings.
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@DeborahDiane (19114)
• Laguna Woods, California
13 Apr
@just4him - The cake looks delicious! It's very smart of your community to take tornadoes seriously. I have been through tornadoes, and it is good to be prepared and know what to do.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
Thank you. It is delicious. I still have a little left. Yes, it is good to know we have community awareness for it.
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• Laguna Woods, California
13 Apr
@just4him - Every time I see that cake of yours, makes me want to eat some cake, too! LOL
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Apr
@DeborahDiane This one is healthy. No sugar.
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@ridingbet (43649)
• Philippines
13 Apr
before, our town hall had a big siren that sounds every 12 noon and 6pm for the Angelus. my late father would whistle loud calling us back home (if we are playing outside). as of now, the siren is not functioning anymore. drills on earthquake preparedness are done in some areas, but i don't think our city has had that.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
I hope they fix the siren for earthquake preparedness.
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@ridingbet (43649)
• Philippines
16 Apr
@just4him this very early morning at around 2:45, there was an earthquake felt. i woke up and i felt the chair where my electric fan stands is moving so i moved the chair closer to me. twice i felt that. this morning, there was a message from the local disaster preparedness unit that there was earthquake in a distant town and it as tectonic in nature.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Apr
@ridingbet I'm glad you are safe.
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@nela13 (3814)
• Portugal
14 Apr
I think that not even in school I had emergency drills, the weather here was very calm but It is changing now and since 2-3 years we have some hurricanes during the winter.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Apr
Hurricanes in winter? Wow! That is unusual.
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@nela13 (3814)
• Portugal
14 Apr
@just4him Yes, it is, the weather is getting weird.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Apr
@nela13 It sure is!
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@valmnz (12236)
• New Zealand
13 Apr
Where I live we don't have such extremes of weather, though New Zealand has been hit with some pretty bad weather in part this week.
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@valmnz (12236)
• New Zealand
14 Apr
@just4him more up north, not in my pat of the country
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Apr
@valmnz That's good then.
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@bagarad (10521)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Apr
The cake looks good. Can I have a piece? WE don't have many extreme weather conditions here. We do have test sirens on the radio about once a week just to test the system, but I've never in my lifetime ever had a real disaster alert.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
That's good you haven't. We've had a couple tornadoes here in the last decade, so I've heard the sirens when it wasn't a test. I hope you like the cake. It turned out better than I expected.
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@bagarad (10521)
• Paso Robles, California
16 Apr
@just4him I'd like it even better if it weren't virtual.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Apr
@bagarad I'm sure you would.
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@JudyEv (115607)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Apr
That's looks a nice cake. We don't have any sort of sirens or drills here but then we never have tornadoes or rarely have hurricanes.
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@JudyEv (115607)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Apr
@just4him We (Western Australia) have the very occasional really bad storm. They do get hurricanes well north of us and occasionally along our southern coasts.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Apr
@JudyEv I thought you did.
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@cintol (3516)
• United States
13 Apr
Those things are terrifying, we didn't see many where we lived in Colorado but here in Texas we are in Tornado Alley so they tell me. The sirens went off the other day and scared the hell out of me, the neighbor said, its just a test, don't panic.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
It's good it was only a test.
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@cintol (3516)
• United States
13 Apr
@just4him I know right!! I am not ready for that season here
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
@cintol I don't think anybody is really ready for that season.
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@Courtlynn (64920)
• United States
13 Apr
Never heard any sirens, so i'd say we don't. though we did have the emergency drills in schools.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
We did too, all the time.
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@Courtlynn (64920)
• United States
13 Apr
@just4him same, like once a month or something lol
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
@Courtlynn That sounds about right.
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@aureliah (10803)
13 Apr
It happens that here in East Africa we don't have extreme weather conditions we only see them on TV. The worst we get are floods.
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@just4him (106606)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr
Floods can be dangerous.
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@aureliah (10803)
15 Apr
@just4him Very. they sweep cars, homes and people
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