As part of Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week, the State of Ohio will conduct a state-wide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 9:50 AM.
Ohio communities will test their outdoor warning sirens and Emergency Alert System broadcast procedures during the drill. At that time, the warning sirens and alert broadcasts are part of the tornado drill.
The Trumbull County Office of Emergency Management encourages schools, businesses and households across the County to conduct their own tornado drills and review their emergency plans.
Weather forecasting science is not perfect and some tornadoes do occur without a tornado warning. There is no substitute for staying alert to the sky. Remember the following safety tips:
Tornado warning signs include:
- Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base;
- Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel;
- Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift- many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can’t be seen;
- Day or night- Loud, continuous roar or rumble;
- Night- Small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds).
What to do during a Tornado:
- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or media broadcast and know your community’s warning signals;
- Do not wait until you see the tornado to seek shelter;
- The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room;
- If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative;
- Homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds. Go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately;
- If you are caught outdoors:
- Immediately walk or drive to the closest sturdy shelter if possible;
- If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park and either:
- Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.
- If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
- Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
During tornado drills or actual tornado warnings, remember to DUCK!
- D – Go DOWN to the lowest level, stay away from windows
- U – Get UNDER something (such as a basement staircase or heavy table)
- C – COVER your head
- K – KEEP in shelter until the storm has passed