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Wis. officials warn tornado season has started

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MADISON (WKOW) -- State officials want to remind Wisconsin residents that tornado season has started.

Peak season runs from April to August. According to Wisconsin Emergency Management officials, 38 tornadoes were recorded by the National Weather Service last year.

"We want people to do three things: listen, act and live," said Tod Pritchard, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at Wisconsin Emergency Management.

Pritchard suggested that people devise a plan in case a tornado comes to their area. He said taking tornado watches and warnings seriously is also very important.

Tornado sirens should be a signal for people to head to the basement of their homes. "Go as far inside as you can, away from windows," Pritchard said.

Those on the road should immediately seek shelter. 

Tornado awareness week will take place from April 16 to April 20. The 2012 Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Drill will happen at 1 p.m. on April 19.

You can find additional tornado safety tips on the ReadyWisconsin website.

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