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Are you ready for severe weather?

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Wisconsin gets its share of severe weather each year. Heavy rain, flooding, blizzards, straight-line winds and even a derecho have hit our area in recent years. We’re pretty sure this year will be no different. That’s why it is important to have a plan in the event the worst weather comes our way. Today is the final day of Severe Weather Awareness week in Wisconsin. You may have heard the emergency sirens sound yesterday afternoon and evening. That is in part to make sure the system is working, but also to remind us of the need to prepare. Tornadoes are the obvious threat as we go from spring to summer, and the Wisconsin Emergency Management and the National Weather service are urging us to prepare for the possibility of a twister. Things like knowing where the safest place is in your home or place of work. Basements are best, but a ground floor room without windows is a second option. Do you have a flashlight in case the power goes out? Do you have ample supplies of food and water, and a first-aid kit? If you haven’t considered these preparations, Severe Weather Awareness Week is a good reminder to do so. Because you never know what the weather will bring in Wisconsin.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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