La Crosse sounds tornado sirens for 'Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week'

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - This is 'Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week' in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Local emergency managers are hosting practices and tornado drills to help their communities.

You may have heard La Crosse's tornado sirens go off Thursday afternoon. La Crosse County Emergency Management sounded the alarms again that evening to give people another chance to practice their emergency drills.

Schools also got in on the practices, teaching students and each other about staying safe during storms.

"What do you do when you're at school? Where's our safe places to go? how do we protect ourselves and our classmates? But also take that information home, and practice with their families. If they're at home when severe weather strikes, where do they go, where's the safe place within their own home?” said la Crosse County Emergency Management Coordinator Keith Butler.

La Crosse's Emergency Management says flying debris is often the most dangerous part of a severe storm, and recommends families take shelter in the lowest level of a home away from windows and doors.

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