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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ready Radio Days

Ready Radio Days is a program that is selling weather radios at a discounted price.

Here is a list of television stations involved in the Ready Radio Days campaign:

WEAU-Eau Claire
Wednesday April 13
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Walgreens at 1819 South Hastings Way

WLUK-Green Bay
Thursday, April 14
9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Mills Fleet Farm at 2460 Main Street

WKBT-La Crosse, WSAW-Wausau, WISC-Madison and WISN-Milwaukee will also participate in the program but have not set a date for their events.

See the pdf press release here

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Virtually Fat Free Cheesecake from food storage foods

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Monday, April 11, 2011

State-wide Tornado Drill April 14, 2011

To encourage citizens to be prepared for severe weather, Wisconsin Emergency
Management (WEM) and the National Weather Service (NWS) are once again
promoting Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week. The
statewide tornado drill will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2011. Many schools
and businesses participate in the annual daytime drill. Wisconsin Department of
Public Instruction, WEM and the NWS have distributed tornado and severe
weather information to schools. If there is actual severe weather on April 14, the
tornado drill will be postponed until Friday, April 15, with the watch/warnings
issued at the same time. Below are the scheduled times for the mock
watches/warnings. Keep in mind that you will not hear weather radio tone-alerts
for the mock tornado watch and warnings on certain weather radios. In these
cases you will have to manually turn on your weather radio in order to hear the
mock tornado watch and warnings.

1:00 pm - Mock TORNADO WATCH for all of Wisconsin


1:10-1:15 pm - National Weather Service Green Bay issues Mock Tornado
Warning for Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade,
Lincoln, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida,
Outagamie, Portage, Shawano, Vilas, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago and
Wood Counties.

1:20-1:25 pm - National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan issues Mock
Tornado Warning for Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green, Green
Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Kenosha, Lafayette, Marquette, Milwaukee, Ozaukee,
Racine, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha

1:30-1:35 pm - National Weather Service La Crosse issues Mock Tornado
Warning for Adams, Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Grant, Jackson, Juneau,
LaCrosse, Monroe, Richland, Taylor, Trempealeau and Vernon Counties.
1:40-1:45 pm - National Weather Service Minneapolis/Chanhassen issues
Mock Tornado Warning for Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce,
Polk, Rusk and St. Croix Counties.

1:50-1:55 pm - National Weather Service Duluth issues Mock Tornado
Warning for Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer and
Washburn Counties.


Source - Ready Wisconsin

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Tornado/Severe Weather Awareness Week

photo credit - American Red Cross

April 11-15 is Wisconsin's Tornado/Severe Weather Awareness Week.

In order to be prepared for this type of weather emergency you ought to have ready a disaster emergency kit - commonly called a 72-hour kit.

At minimum your kit should include:

- 3-day supply of water for your family (minimum subsistence level of 1 gallon per person per day)
- one change of clothing and footwear per person
- blanket or sleeping bag per person
- rain gear and appropriate outerwear to keep your family warm and dry
- tarp or shelter materials
- a first-aid kit, including prescription medications
- lightweight shelf-stable foods (and any dishes & cooking equipment that might be needed)
- battery or hand-crank powered NOAA weather radio
- flashlights and extra batteries or hand-crank flashlights
- fire starting materials (magnesium firestarter, flint and steel, waterproof matches, etc. in case you need to shelter outdoors)
- some cash
- extra set of car keys
- toys or simple games to keep children occupied
- any special items needed for infants or elderly family members

You should also prepare your family by having an emergency plan in place. Practice the plan by having regular drills with your family members. Know what county you live in and be aware of weather notices. Know what warning system is in place in your community. Keep tuned to radio, television, or Internet weather broadcasts.

Familiarize yourself with weather emergency terminology.

Tornado Watch: Conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms.

Tornado Warning: A tornado is imminent (based on weather radar information) or has been sighted by spotters. If a tornado warning is issued for your area - move to your pre-designated place of safety. Seek shelter immediately!

Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms with damaging straight-line (downburst) winds and/or large hail.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Severe thunderstorms with damaging straight-line winds and/or large hail are imminent or are occurring.

In case of a tornado warning you need to take shelter:

• In a house with a basement: Avoid windows. Get in the basement and under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table, work bench or stairs), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag.

• In a house with no basement, a dorm, or an apartment: Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stair well or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against flying or falling debris.

• In an office building: Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building -- away from glass. Then, crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter. Stay off elevators- you could become trapped in them if the power is lost.

• In a mobile home: Get out! Most tornadoes can destroy even tied-down mobile homes. If your community has a tornado shelter, go there fast. If there is a sturdy permanent building within close distance, seek shelter there. Otherwise, lie flat on low ground away from your home, protecting your head. If possible, use open ground away from trees and cars, which can be blown onto you.

• At school: Follow the drill! Go to the interior hall or room in an orderly way as you are told. Crouch low, head down, and protect the back of your head with your arms. Stay away from windows and large open rooms like gyms and auditoriums.

• In a car or truck: If tornado is in the distance, drive at right angles to the tornado movement. If there is time, get out of your vehicle and seek shelter in a permanent building. If there is no time, you have a choice – you can stay in your vehicle with your seat belt on, or you can get out and lie flat and face down, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Either way you run the risk of injuries or death.

Ready Wisconsin
National Weather Service
American Red Cross

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Free water purification kit from PUR

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As preppers we all know how very important water - especially properly purified water - is to us all.

This link will allow you to obtain a free water purification kit from PUR. It's designed as a learning aid for kids, but might also work to help you teach your neighbors, friends, and family about safe water purification.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Flooding along Rock, Fox, and Mississippi Rivers

According to the State of Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs Division of Emergency Management, "Currently, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flood warnings for the Rock, Fox and Mississippi Rivers in Wisconsin. Minor flooding is occurring along these rivers, mainly impacting parks, agriculture or other lowland areas. The NWS anticipates the Mississippi River will remain high for most of April as much of northern Wisconsin and Minnesota still have heavy snow that will melt and will eventually run into the Mississippi River. In addition, they are concerned that any additional heavy precipitation this spring could result in major flooding."

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Upham Woods Spring Explorer Program - Saturday April 2nd

From the article,

"From 2:00-5:00 p.m. on April 2, the Spring Explorers program will lead family-friendly adventures around the camp. Spring Explorers, free and open to the public, is just one of many events at Upham Woods designed to bring people closer to nature.

Participants can learn to pick out the signs of spring during a guided hike or stay at camp to learn survival skills like building a shelter, starting a campfire and navigating the woods using orienteering. There will also be a spring scavenger hunt around the camp."

This is a family event and, while the survival skills won't be as intense as other events you might have fun and learn something new.

For more information, click here.
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