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COLUMBUS – Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) will recognize Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week and Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 18 – 24, 2018. Residents are reminded to prepare for severe weather before it happens. Hazardous conditions can occur anytime and anywhere without advance notice.
As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, FCEM&HS urges the community to participate in the annual Statewide Tornado Drill on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 9:50 a.m. At that time, the Franklin County Outdoor Warning Sirens will be activated one time for three minutes, a longer tone than used during the regular Wednesday noon test. The test tone is the same “tornado warning” tone which would be used in an actual tornado warning. Area schools, businesses and residents are urged to participate and complete an online survey about their participation.
"Severe Weather Awareness Week provides the perfect reminder for everyone to take some time to review their safety plans, update their emergency supply kits and sign up for ALERT Franklin County to receive severe weather alerts,” said Jeffrey J. Young, Director, Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security. “Being prepared and knowing what to do before the storm hits is key to staying safe."
FCEM&HS encourages residents to be prepared for all types of severe weather by following these important safety procedures: