The most common types of natural hazards affecting Ohio are floods, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and severe winter storms. Even large windstorms have been known to cause tremendous damage in Ohio, like the Derecho wind event on June 29, 2012. To assist in public awareness and to aid in the reduction of the impact severe weather can inflict on lives and property throughout Ohio, the Athens County Emergency Management Agency participates in statewide “Safety Awareness Weeks” during the spring and winter seasons.
“The ever changing weather of Southeast Ohio has demonstrated that we need to be prepared for all severe weather all the time,” said Fred Davis, Athens County Emergency Management Agency director. “The best defense when faced with floods or tornadoes or any severe weather event is preparedness: Be aware of current weather conditions. Have a disaster plan. Practice your plan. Make a supply kit. Stay informed.”
Governor John Kasich has proclaimed March 1-7 as Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week for Ohio. As part of a coordinated effort with the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, Athens County will participate in a statewide tornado drill and test its Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, March 4th at 9:50 a.m. During this time, Ohio counties will sound their outdoor warning sirens. Schools, businesses and households are encouraged to practice their tornado drills and emergency plans.
For additional information on tornado safety and severe weather preparedness, visit www.weathersafety.ohio.gov.