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Since 1978, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA) has been dedicated in educating Ohioans about the natural disasters that typically affect the state, and encourage Ohio residents to plan and prepare for severe weather incidents before they happen.
The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, in a coordinated effort with the Governor, promotes statewide severe weather safety campaigns twice a year: in the spring - generally during the last week of March; and in late autumn - generally during the third week of November, to promote winter storm safety and preparedness.
A statewide tornado drill is conducted on the Wednesday of Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week. County emergency management agencies test their outdoor warning sirens during the drill, and homes, schools and businesses are encouraged to practice their tornado drills and emergency plans.
It is OCSWA’s goal to inform residents of weather hazards that typically affect Ohio, and encourage families to plan ahead and know what to do during different weather and home emergencies; organize emergency preparedness kits; and practice safety drills to protect themselves from severe weather emergencies and home fires.Click here for a complete list of OCSWA members and partners...