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Posted on: March 20, 2017

[ARCHIVED] March 19-25, 2017 - Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week

The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA) has designated the week of March 19-25, 2017 as Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week.  As part of spring severe weather awareness week, the Statewide Tornado Drill will be conducted on Wednesday, March 22nd at 9:50 am.  The Mahoning County Tornado Sirens will be activated for three minutes during this drill.


Seek shelter immediately. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, do not stop to take pictures or shoot video. Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or local media newscasts for up-to-date weather information.

In Homes: Go to the lowest level, as close to the center as possible. A basement is best, or go to a windowless bathroom, closet or inside hallway. Specifically constructed safe rooms offer the best protection.

At Work or School: Follow safety officers or teachers’ instructions. Go to an inside wall on the lowest floor. Interior bathrooms and closets are good shelter areas. Avoid large, open rooms like gymnasiums and auditoriums where roofs can collapse.

In Mobile Homes: Get out! Seek shelter in a designated storm shelter or lowest floor of a sturdy building nearby.

In Vehicles: Never try to out run a tornado. If possible, seek shelter in a nearby sturdy building. If you cannot quickly get to a shelter, either stay in your car with the seatbelt on or exit the vehicle and get lower than the roadway, lying flat in a ditch and covering your head with your hands.

For additional information please visit The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness website at

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