There will be a statewide tornado drill Wednesday morning, an attempt by the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness to remind people that they need to have a plan in place when severe weather strikes.
Sirens across the state will sound for three minutes at 9:50 a.m. and, for this week only, replace the National Emergency Alert System’s normal test at noon.
“Every family, every household and even businesses up to Cardinal Health need to have a plan in place,” said Mark Anthony, spokesman for Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security. “You need to make sure you have a safe place to shelter during severe weather.”
Officials chose 9:50 a.m. because counties across the state test their systems at different times and it had to be a moment outside of their standard Wednesday tests, said Tamara McBride, spokeswoman for the awareness committee.
Those who want to participate in the drill and need guidelines about what to do in the event of a tornado should log on to www.franklincountyohio.gov/emahs.
The Columbus Dispatch Tuesday March 27, 2012 4:32 AM