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Ohio Statewide Tornado Drill Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Major Jeff Cline   
Monday, 04 March 2013

The Ohio Statewide Tornado Drill will be conducted on Wednesday March 6th, 2013 at 9:50am. The purpose of this drill is to test local emergency alert systems while at the same time practice tornado drills at local schools and businesses. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in this event and will be setting off tornado sirens in Marion County.

This initiative is being coordinated and promoted by the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA). During the weather safety campaign, OCSWA encourages Ohioans to take the following safety measures to weather future storms:

Know Your Risk – The first step in being weather-ready is to understand the different types of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Ohio’s springtime hazards are tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods, and even snowstorms through early spring. Visit the OCSWA website at to check Ohio’s weather and to learn about severe weather safety and preparedness.

Know the Weather Terms – Know the difference between storm watches and storm warnings. For example, a tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the area. During a tornado watch, review tornado safety plans and be prepared to move to a safe place if conditions worsen. Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or local television or radio newscasts for storm updates.

A tornado warning is issued by the NWS when a tornado has been detected by Doppler radar or sighted by storm spotters. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, do not stop to take pictures or shoot video. Seek safe shelter immediately. Many Ohio counties have outdoor warning sirens that sound during storm warnings. Continue to listen to your NOAA Weather Radio or TV or radio newscasts for up-to-date weather information.

Pledge to Prepare and Take Action – You can prepare for severe weather and Be a Force of Nature by taking the Pledge to Prepare at either or When you pledge to prepare, you’ll have the tools to complete a family communications plan, put an emergency kit together (including checklists), and ways to get involved.

All Marion County residents are encouraged to enroll in the NIXLE community notification system by going to and get local alerts as they happen from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 March 2013 )
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