|Sirens sound Wednesday in recognition of severe weather awareness week in Ohio|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 02 March 2013 09:21|
Ohio's Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week and National Severe Weather Preparedness Week starts Monday.
As proclaimed by Governor John R. Kasich, both weather safety campaigns encourage all citizens to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards, especially severe weather.
"Ohio's weather is forever changing. We can have temperatures below freezing one day, then 50 degrees with strong winds and thunderstorms the next," said Nancy Dragani, executive director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. "When it comes to the weather, Ohioans are learning to be prepared for anything."
As part of a coordinated effort with the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, the state will participate in a statewide tornado drill and test its Emergency Alert System on Wednesday at 9:50 a.m. During this time, many Ohio counties will sound outdoor warning sirens. Schools, businesses and households are encouraged to practice their tornado drills.
During the weather safety campaigns, OCSWA encourages Ohioans to take the following safety measures:
• Know the risk - Ohio's spring hazards are tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods, and even snowstorms. Visit the Web site www.weathersafety.ohio.gov to check Ohio's weather and to learn about weather safety.
• Prepare and take action - The Web site offers a family plan and advice on assembling an emergency kit.
Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio. There are also apps through the Insurance Information Institute and FEMA's Ready campaign.
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