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March 22, 2017
9:50 AM
Worthington, OH 43085
tornado siren
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Statewide Tornado Drill

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March 19 – 25, 2017 is Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week in Ohio. Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security urges you to exercise your tornado safety plan during the Statewide Tornado Drill at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, March 22.

How to participate in the Drill
  • Listen for the outdoor sirens at 9:50 a.m. on March 22nd and participate by practicing your organization’s safety plan.
  • Note: The drill will take the place of the weekly Wednesday noon outdoor warning siren test in Franklin County.  The system will be activated one time for three minutes — a longer tone than in the regular Wednesday noon test.
  • Click here to tell us about your participation this year’s drill.  Businesses can provide an email address to receive a participation certificate. 
  • If you can’t participate in the tornado drill on March 23, conduct your own drill on another day this spring.

Severe Weather Preparedness Tips

  • Register for Franklin County’s Mass Notification & Warning System, ALERT Franklin County at
  • Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio. More information visit
  • Learn more about tornadoes and other severe weather hazards Franklin County faces on the FCEM&HS website at

 Develop a Plan

  • Know where to shelter and how you will communicate. Details at

Build a Kit

  • Keep extra emergency supplies on hand, including a battery-operated radio, food, water and medication. Click here for more information.

 Get Involved

  • Volunteer with the FCEM&HS Siren Watch Program. Get details here.