‘Severe Weather Awareness Week’ This Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – Not that we even need to be made “aware” after last week, but this is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Ohio.

The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness says planning is the first step in preparedness, and they have some tips for you.

The annual statewide tornado drill and test activation of outdoor sirens is Wednesday at 9:50 a.m.

Here’s more from the Ohio EMA:

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has designated March 17-23, 2024, as Severe Weather Awareness Week and is encouraging all Ohioans to prepare themselves for spring and summer weather hazards, including thunder, lightning, tornadoes, and floods.

Severe Weather Awareness Week is held annually each March.

“As evidenced by last week’s horrific tornadoes, it is so important that all Ohioans know what to do before, during, and after extreme weather events,” said Governor DeWine. “While it’s important to be prepared all year long, Severe Weather Awareness Week is an ideal time to review and practice emergency plans to be prepared and stay safe.”

At 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, all Ohioans can participate in a statewide tornado drill and test their emergency and sheltering plans. Ohio counties may use this time to sound and test their outdoor warning sirens and mass notification systems. Businesses, schools, and households are also encouraged to practice their tornado drills and emergency plans.

“The statewide drill offers time to establish a safe shelter location before severe weather strikes,” said Ohio Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Sima Merick. “We know sheltering can save lives and encourage all Ohioans to make or review an existing emergency plan and be prepared.”