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Chris Williams                               CERT & Citizen Corps Coordinator       (614) 794-0213


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Statewide Tornado Drill Held Wednesday, March 22, 2017 AT 9:50 a.m.

Part of Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 19-25, 2017

Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) is urging the community to participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 when the Franklin County Outdoor Warning Siren System will be activated. The sirens will be activated one time for three minutes – a longer tone than in the regular Wednesday noon tests. The test tone will be the same “tornado warning” tone which would be used in an actual tornado warning.

The 9:50 a.m. March 22nd siren activation will be in place of the regular weekly Wednesday noon test of the Franklin County Outdoor Warning Siren System. 

For more information on how to participate in the tornado drill click here. An online participation survey can be accessed above by clicking on Statewide Tornado Drill Participation Survey.


“The annual Statewide Tornado Drill is the perfect opportunity for schools, businesses and families to discuss and practice their emergency plan,” said Jeffrey J. Young, Director, Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security.  “Regardless of where you are, it’s important to know what to do and where to go when severe weather strikes.” 

The drill is part of Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 19th-25th, to remind the public that with spring comes the possibility of tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods, hail, lighting strikes, and power outages. 

NOTE: In an actual tornado warning: FCEM&HS will activate the entire Franklin County Outdoor Warning Siren System as soon as the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for any part of Franklin County. All 196 sirens in the system will be activated even if the warning area covers only part of the county. The sirens will remain activated for as long as the warning is in effect but will not sound continuously – they will sound for three minutes at a time, then be silent for a seven-minute rest period, then repeat this cycle until the warning is cancelled. NWS will issue a tornado warning for an area when a tornado is spotted or radar indicates a tornado is imminent.


FCEM&HS, a government agency serving 42 local jurisdictions in Franklin County, coordinates countywide emergency and disaster planning, education, warning, response and recovery.

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Why Prepare?

There are real benefits to being prepared:
The need to prepare is real:

Are You Ready? - An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness Course

This course was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is the agency responsible for responding to all-hazards and for helping state and local governments and individuals prepare for emergencies.  It contains step-by-step advice on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

Used in conjunction with information and instructions from local emergency management offices and the American Red Cross, Are You Ready? will give you what you need to be prepared.

The purpose of this guide is to help you protect yourself and your family in the event of an emergency.  Through applying what you have learned in this guide, you are taking the necessary steps to be ready when an event occurs.

(Source: U.S Army Corps of Engineers)

Every citizen in this country is part of a national emergency management system that is all about protection - protecting people and property from all types of hazards.  Think of the national emergency management system as a pyramid with you, the citizen, forming the base of the structure.  At this level, you have the responsibility to protect yourself and your family by knowing what to do before, during, and after an event.  Some examples of what you can do follow:

Before:

During:
After:

(Source: www.fema.gov)

Financial Preparedness

Help After a Disaster: Applicant's Guide to the Individuals & Households Program

IS-403: Introduction to Individual Assistance Course

What is the Definition of an Emergency?

The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 5502.21 defines an emergency as: Except as provided in section 5502.41 of the Revised Code, "emergency" means any period during which the congress of the United States or a chief executive has declared or proclaimed that an emergency exists.

What is the Definition of a Disaster?

ORC 5502.21 defines a disaster as: "Disaster" means any imminent threat or actual occurrence of widespread or severe damage to or loss of property, personal hardship or injury, or loss of life that results from any natural phenomenon or act of a human.

Personal Preparedness in America: Findings from the Citizen Corps National Survey

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