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(608) 266-4330 -- Dane County Office of Emergency Management
Public Safety Building Room 2107
115 W Doty St.
Madison, WI 53703
Note: The sirens in Dane County are tested between noon and 12:05 on the first Wednesday of every month from March through November. The sirens are not tested in the winter months.
Tornado season in Wisconsin is April through September; peak time of day is 3-7 p.m. A tornado 'watch' means conditions are right for a tornado to occur; a 'warning' means a tornado has been sighted in the area.
In the case of a 'warning' tornado sirens will sound a steady tone for three minutes or longer if there is danger in the immediate area. Seek shelter in a basement (preferably), an interior hallway or an interior bathroom. In university buildings, the best places to shelter are in the interior of buildings away from windows. Lower floors are better than upper floors, especially in older buildings that lack steel frames. Avoid wide-span areas like auditoriums and gyms. If you are unable to seek shelter in a building, find the nearest low lying ditch, get in the fetal position and use your hands to cover the back of your neck.
While in the shelter, listen to a radio for the latest tornado advisory information and remain there until the "all clear" signal has been given over the radio or television.
Further information on the siren system may be obtained from the Dane County Office of Emergency Management, 608-266-4330. Information about tornadoes in general can be obtained from the following website: http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/tornadoes/