by Pam Broughton, Clermont Emergency Management Agency Director
This year, the Ohio Severe Weather Awareness Week is scheduled for March 3rd through March 9th. Citizens are encouraged to prepare for the tornados and strong storms that typically occur during spring and summer. The March 2, 2012 tornado is a reminder that severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Individuals, families, schools, and businesses should have a disaster plan and take the time to practice it. It is important that people know where to go when severe weather threatens our area.
As part of the observance of Severe Weather Awareness Week, there will be a statewide tornado drill and test of the Emergency Alert System scheduled to occur at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. However, Clermont County will not be testing the outdoor warning sirens at that time. The County will activate the outdoor warning sirens at noon on March 6th during the normal monthly siren test. The County tests the outdoor warning sirens on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:00 p.m.
The Clermont County EMA will be hosting a Weather Spotter Training on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. The training will be held at the Grant Career Center, located at 718 West Plane Street, Bethel, Ohio 45106. To register, contact the Clermont County EMA at 513-732-7661 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness reports the safest place to be during a tornado or strong storm is in a basement. If the building has no basement or cellar, go to a small, room that is centrally located on the lowest level of the building. This can be an area such as a closet or bathroom. If you are in a vehicle or mobile home, get out immediately and go to go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. For additional information on severe weather safety and preparedness, visit the website www.weathersafety.ohio.gov.