Sirens Will Blast Wednesday During Statewide Tornado Drill

The drill will take place at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday throughout Ohio.

No need for alarm — the sirens you'll likely hear blasting at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday are part of the 2013 Statewide Tornado Drill.   

During the test, sirens will sound across Ohio for about three minutes, and some cities may opt to repeat the drill.

The drill is dependent on the weather forecast recommendation of the National Weather Service (NWS).

As of Sunday evening, the National Weather Service has predicted no severe weather for Northeast Ohio on Wednesday.

For additional information on the drill and Severe Weather Awareness Week, see the Ohio Committee on Severe Weather Awareness.

And for weather alert information and further tornado updates, tune into 1650 AM, said Cuyahoga Falls Fire Chief Paul Moledor.

Cuyahoga Falls residents also can sign up for CFO alerts. According to the city's website: "CFO Alerts is a text message and email alert service which will alert you in the event of a city emergency."

Tornado app

Additionally, the American Red Cross launched its official Tornado app Monday, putting potentially lifesaving information in the hands of people who live in, visit or have friends and family in tornado-prone areas.

"The app includes a high-pitched siren and “tornado warning!” alert that signals people when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued in their area – even if the app is closed. An “all clear!” alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled," according to Christine Moran, a regional communications officer for the non-profit organization.

For more information on the new app, refer to www.redcross.org.


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