Test sirens to sound Wednesday

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Spring is just 15 days away, and local emergency management agencies will take the first steps Wednesday in preparing for the season’s severe weather.

Emergency alert sirens across Ohio will sound around 9:50 a.m.

Emergency Management Agencies in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties will participate in the drill as part of Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Officials are encouraging schools, businesses and those at home to practice their plans for tornadoes and other emergencies.

“Schools are required to practice tornado drill, and this is a perfect opportunity for schools to practice their drill,” said Dennis O’Hara, Mahoning County EMA director. “While it is still cold outside, spring is coming and severe weather will be here. It is a perfect opportunity for schools to practice their tornado drills and be prepared.”

In Mahoning County, all 51 sirens will be tested for 3 minutes.

In the event that a true emergency would coincide with the drill, O’Hara said the sirens would go off every 10 minutes.

“So, if it is a 45-minute warning, they’re going to go off every 10 minutes. Seek shelter, safe shelter, and turn to the news media for additional information,” said O’Hara.

A Mahoning County Sky Warn training session will take place March 19 at Austintown High School for those interested in helping to identify severe weather and tornadoes. For more information on the training session, click here.

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