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Severe weather safety takes center stage at United Way event

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -

Even thought it's winter weather we're dealing with here in Central Wisconsin, emergency officials want you to start thinking spring.

Today starts Wisconsin's Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness week. Officials say the Badger State averages 23 tornadoes every year. On Monday, Wisconsin Emergency Management Director Tod Pritchard held a safety and preparedness event at the United Way of Marathon County.

Pritchard touched on safety procedures you can do to stay safe during severe weather. Officials say listening to warnings the first time is key, always have an evacuation plan in place, and have a weather radio next to your bed.

"We all need to be prepared because when they do strike, if you're not ready to handle them, putting together an emergency plan then is the worst thing you can possible do. At least sit down and talk with your family a 5-10 minute discussion around the kitchen table, it can make a big difference," Pritchard said.

A statewide tornado drill is planned for this Thursday afternoon to help make sure people know how to respond to that type of storm. Newsline 9 will be  taking part in that drill.

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