YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – As a part of Ohio’s Severe Weather Awareness Week , government buildings across the state will be testing their Emergency Alert System at 9:50 a.m. Friday.
When the sirens wail, schools and government offices will practice their Tornado drills.
Ohio’s peak tornado season runs from April to July, but the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA) said tornadoes can happen at anytime and any day. A brief and week EF-0 tornado touched down in Lancaster, Ohio on Christmas Eve 2014.
- According to the OCSWA, It’s important to know the difference between a Tornado Watch and Tornado Warning.
- A Tornado Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a tornado to form. A Tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been spotted.
When a tornado is spotted, the OCSWA advises everyone to use the DUCK method of protection.
- D – Go DOWN to the lowest level – A basement or the first floor of a sturdy building. If you don’t have a basement, go to a small room like a bathroom or closet on the lowest level of the structure as close to the center of the building as possible and avoid windows. If you’re outside or in a mobile home the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness advises you to get to lowest level of the closest sturdy building, and if you have a car drive there.
If you’re driving and can’t get to a shelter quickly enough, pull over under a highway overpass or bridge or into a ditch. Then tuck below the windows and if no objects are available to cover yourself from flying debris use your arms to cover your head.
- U – Get UNDER something – A heavy table or staircase leading down to the basement
- C – COVER your head
- K – KEEP in shelter until the storm has passed
According to the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, 1,253 Tornadoes happen in US each year on average. Canada has the second most tornadoes with 100 per year. States such as Rhode Island, Maryland, and Alaska have no tornadoes.