Thursday, December 5, 2013

Storm Emergency Information, Mitchell Spoerl

It is important to know what to do if a tornado were to touch down in La Crosse. University designated Emergency Response Number is (608)-789-9999. This number is a direct line to a live representative at the University Police station.

According to the National Climatic Data Center, there are approximately twenty-four recorded tornadoes annually in Wisconsin. The last time La Crosse had a tornado touchdown was in May 2011. No one was killed, but there was extensive property damage.

If in a campus building, go to the lowest interior hallway and do not use the elevators. Make sure to be near a TV or a radio in order to receive updates as the storm progresses. If in a house, get away from the windows and go to the basement or cellar if available.

Tornadoes typically appear around late spring/early summer in the Midwest. However, it is important to remember that tornadoes can appear at any point in the year.

Over eighty tornadoes were sighted on a weekend in November, spanning across Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. Six people were killed and over 50 were injured in Illinois. Thousands of people in the state were without power. Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois reported that seven counties were disaster areas.