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It's tornado season. Is your school prepared?


Tornadoes are most likely to occur in Ohio during April through July between the hours of 2 and 10 p.m. A tornado – or severe weather that can give rise to tornadoes – This year's early Ohio tornadoes demonstrate that they can happen any time and any place.

To help Ohioans prepare for tornado season and other severe weather hazards, March 25-31 has been designated Ohio's Severe Weather Awareness Week. A Statewide Tornado Drill will be conducted on Wednesday, March 28, at 9:50 a.m. Ohio schools, businesses and households are encouraged to participate in the drill.

State Winning PosterFor more than 30 years, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA) has been dedicated to educating the public on severe weather safety and preparedness. OCSWA encourages families to plan, organize emergency preparedness kits and practice safety drills to protect themselves from severe weather emergencies.

As part of this awareness campaign, schools are invited to enter OCSWA's annual poster contest, which is designed to help Ohio school children learn about related safety procedures in school and at home. One of last year's winning posters is to the left.

OCSWA also has a Just for Kids Web section with links to the Ohio Insurance Institute Weather Safety Club, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency's Kids website and the Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest. Also on this site, find: information on tornado, thunderstorm and lightning safety; information on floods and flood insurance; disaster preparedness plans and kits;  information about the weather alert system and notification radios, including the Public Alert Radios for Public Schools program; and more.

Visit OCSWA  at