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Salem News

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Tornado drill to mark Severe Weather Week


By ELIZABETH EWING

Frank Marzullo, weatherman for WFMJ, spoke to Cub Scout Pack Two at their monthly meeting Tuesday evening. Marzullo spoke to the Pack members and their families about Severe Weather Awareness Week, giving them safety tips and providing a few pointers about what to look for when the weather turns bad.

Warning sirens will sound around Ohio and the Emergency Alert System will run a test message today as part of the state’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The statewide tornado drill will be conducted at 9:52 a.m., and homes, schools and businesses have been encouraged to practice drills at that time as well.

According to a press release, Severe Weather Awareness Week is coordinated by the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, who have advocated the review of emergency preparedness plans, practicing of tornado and fire drills, and planning of disaster preparedness kits since 1978.

Governor Ted Strickland remarked in the press release, “As Ohio prepares for the arrival of spring and summer, the times when we are at the greatest risk for severe weather, including tornadoes, I urge every Ohioan to organize your emergency plans and conduct safety and evacuation drills. I want everyone to be prepared.”

Peak tornado season in Ohio is fast approaching, with most tornadoes occurring between the months of April and July, according to the OCSWA Web site.

A brochure from the Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency, emphasized the need for residents to be aware of the difference between tornado watches and warnings.

A tornado warning is issued when a tornado is indicated by radar or sighted by spotters. When a warning is issued, people in the affected area should seek safe shelter immediately.

Tornado watches are issued during conditions that are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area. During a watch, the brochure explains, residents are encouraged to review tornado safety rules and be prepared to move to a place of safety if threatening weather approaches.

For more information on severe weather preparedness, log on to www.weathersafety.ohio.gov or www.ema.ohio.gov.

Elizabeth Ewing can be reached at eewing@salemnews.net

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