Statewide Tornado Drill Wednesday, March 21, at 9:50 a.m.

It’s a twister. It’s a twister…Well, not really, at least for today.

Don’t be alarmed when the sirens ring across Ohio today beginning at 9:50 a.m. This is a test, only a test.

In the event of a real tornado, get to the lowest level of the building and take cover. If you are at work, identify the safest place to be. If at school, students will be instructed the proper place to be. If at home, make sure everyone knows how to get to the basement, if available. If not, the bathroom is the safest place to be, either in the bathtub or a shower enclosure.

Ohio’s peak tornado season is April through July but tornadoes have occurred in every month of the year. There were 39 confirmed tornadoes in Ohio in 2017, with a Tornado Outbreak occurring on November 5 resulting in 17 tornadoes in Ohio alone – five of which were EF2s.

Tornado damage is classified on the Enhanced Fujita Scale based on wind speed, with EF0 measuring at 65 – 85 mph and EF5 at more than 200 mph.

Remember the DUCK method to stay safe:
D – Go DOWN to the lowest level
U – Get UNDER something
C – COVER your head
K – KEEP in shelter until the storm has passed

Warning signs of a possible tornado are:
– Large hail
– Dark, sometimes green sky
– A large, dark, low-lying cloud that is rotating
– Loud roar similar to the sound of a train