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Mar. 28, 2022 - Kewaunee County to Utilize RaveAlert during Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week

Jennifer Gonzalez
Public Information Officer, Kewaunee County
Office: (920) 388-0567
Email: gonzalez.jennifer@kewauneeco.org
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
March 28, 2022
 
Kewaunee County to Utilize RaveAlert during
Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week
 
LUXEMBURG, WI – Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin will take place April 4 to April 8, 2022, and Kewaunee County Emergency Management will be utilizing its mass emergency notification system, RaveAlert, for drills.
 
On April 7, 2022, statewide tornado drills are planned for 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. with a backup date of April 8, 2022 in the event of severe weather on April 7, 2022.
 
On drill day, Kewaunee County will send out calls to landlines and text messages to cell phones for those who have registered with the RaveAlert system.
 
To register, visit the Kewaunee County website at https://www.kewauneeco.org/ and click on the red “Stay Informed!” button at the bottom of the home page.
 
Also, outdoor warning sirens will NOT be sounded in Kewaunee County on drill day due to testing this alternative method of communication.
 
Testing other alerting systems has been encouraged since a decision was made by Wisconsin Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, and Wisconsin Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) Committee to permanently discontinue the EAS live code test portion of the drill, which had sent out alerts over devices such as weather radios and broadcast stations.
                                                                                                                               
Meanwhile, social media users may notice an increased number of posts during Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin from Kewaunee County Emergency Management, ReadyWisconsin, the National Weather Service, and local broadcast outlets, encouraging them to exercise their severe weather plans.
 
“It’s important that residents take this time to go over their severe weather plans and practice them during the drills. We recommend having a NOAA weather radio handy, a weather app downloaded on smart phones, and registration be completed for Kewaunee County's mass emergency notification system, RaveAlert to receive information specific to Kewaunee County, said Tracy Nollenberg, Director of Kewaunee County Emergency Management.
 
For tips on emergency preparedness, follow Kewaunee County Emergency Management on Facebook at https://facebook.com/KewCoEM and Twitter at https://twitter.com/kew_em, and visit the ReadyWisconsin website at https://readywisconsin.wi.gov/.
 
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