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Steve SchofieldThis year, April 17-21, 2017 is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin.

According to the State of Wisconsin Division of Emergency Management, a mock tornado watch will be issued at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. This will be followed by a statewide mock tornado warning at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on many radio and TV stations across the state.

In addition, mock alerts will be issued on NOAA Weather Radios and many communities will sound their tornado sirens to test their emergency severe weather plans. The drills will not activate an emergency notification on your cell phone. (But during actual tornado warnings, your phone will alert you to the danger in your area.)

This is a great opportunity for your family and your school to practice your emergency plans.

Do you know the difference between a severe weather watch and a severe weather warning? 

WATCH: Stay alert and aware. A severe thunderstorm or tornado watch gives you advance notice that conditions are favorable for dangerous weather. A watch is not a warning. During a watch, there will be information about what type of weather you might see and the chance of it actually occurring. When your area is in a watch, stay alert for changing weather.

WARNING: Take action now. A warning is issued when severe weather is about to strike in your area. For severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash floods, it means the weather event is happening now and you need to take action immediately.

For more information and for help building a basic disaster supply kit and creating an emergency plan to protect yourself and your family, visit ready.gov.

Steve Schofield, Personal Insurance Consultant