Milwaukee County participating in tornado drill, April 11 

Milwaukee County will participate in Wisconsin’s annual tornado drills Thursday, April 11, at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. During these times the outdoor warning sirens will sound on campus, offering an opportunity to practice going to the nearest tornado shelter.  

If there is a threat of severe weather in Wisconsin on that day, the statewide drills will be postponed until Friday, April 12. The drills will go on in all other conditions, including non-severe weather (clouds, rain, dark sky, scattered thunderstorms, etc.). 

If severe weather is also expected on April 12, the drills will be cancelled. Notification of the drill status will be posted online by 10 a.m. on the morning of April 11. 

To stay safe during severe weather, ReadyWisconsin encourages people to do the following: 

  • Create an emergency plan and practice it. 
  • Know where designated shelters are located at home, work and school. Be ready to go there when a tornado warning is issued. 
  • Have multiple ways to receive alerts about approaching severe weather. Outdoor warning sirens, NOAA Weather Radios, local media, and mobile devices are all important tools. Don’t rely on any single source for important life-saving information. 
  • If you have a mobile device, make sure it is enabled to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). On many devices, that option is available in the settings menu. Find out more about WEA at
  • Stay weather aware by checking the daily forecast for your area. 
  • Create an emergency kit for your home. Find tips for making a kit at