Statewide tornado drill planned for Wednesday

This image was taken by Kim Carter on Arlington Road. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  A statewide tornado drill is planned for Wednesday.

The test is part of “National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.”

Five tornadoes touched down in the Miami Valley last week.

This test really couldn’t have come at a better time. If you do hear sirens Wednesday morning around 9:50 it’s just a drill.

Centerville, Washington Township, and Miami County all plan to take part.

You’re encouraged to review emergency plans, practice tornado and fire drills, and update emergency kits. The official “tornado season” starts on April 1 and lasts until the end of July.

Emergency management leaders say if you encounter severe weather that could produce a tornado to remember the word “DUCK.”

They say you need to go DOWN to the lowest level of the building you’re in, Get UNDER something, COVER your head and KEEP in the shelter until the storm has passed.

During last week’s tornadoes, Arcanum saw some of the most damage and is an area that tends to get hit during tornado season

Chief Kurt Troutwine of the Arcanum Fire Department says, “I was here in ‘92 when the tornado hit which took down the southeastern side of the village and my house was even damaged, and I was jittery. Needless to say, when I saw this one I was more than jittery. I was thinking here we go again.”

It’s good to remember a warning means a tornado has been detected by Doppler radar or sighted by storm spotters.

It’s also the season to be aware of floods.
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