Ohio Severe Weather Awareness Week begins Sunday

Lucas County will test Outdoor Warning Sirens on March 20  

Toledo, OH.– As warmer weather quickly approaches, the Lucas County Commissioners are encouraging residents to be prepared for potentially severe weather, including thunderstorms, lightning, flooding, and tornadoes, that can occur in the spring. 

To raise awareness of potentially dangerous spring weather, the Commissioners and Lucas County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) are recognizing Spring Severe Weather Awareness week, which begins Sunday, March 17 and ends Saturday, March 23, 2019. 

On Wednesday, March 20, Lucas County will be participating in the annual Statewide Tornado Drill that is scheduled to be activated at 9:50 a.m. At this time, the Lucas County Outdoor Warning Sirens will be activated for three minutes – a longer tone that occurs in the tests held on the first Friday of the month. All County residents are encouraged to practice their tornado preparation and seek cover. 

Severe Weather Awareness Week provides residents with the opportunity to prepare their homes, schools, and workplaces for potential severe spring and summer weather. Potentially dangerous weather events include thunder and lightning storms, flooding or flash flooding from heavy rains, tornadoes, and extreme heat. All residents are advised to take some time to make safety plans during this week to be better prepared should severe weather strike.