Governor John Kasich has designated the week of March 2-8 as Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week. Many Ottawa County schools, health care facilities and other public and private organizations will be conducting training and drills in conjunction with this program.
A key activity during the week will be a statewide test of weather warning dissemination and preparedness procedures. This test will be conducted at 9:50 a.m., Wednesday, March 5. The Ottawa County siren system will be activated for three minutes, and the Sheriff’s Dispatch will broadcast a test message to police, fire and EMS departments. The county will also test the Wireless Emergency Notification System which activates cell phones, mobile devices and email in the event of an emergency. To sign up for this service, visit www.co.ottawa.oh.us/ottawacoema/index.html. In addition, the National Weather Service will activate weather alert radios. Actual weather warnings are disseminated in the same manner.
Severe weather can threaten Ottawa County in many forms. Timely notification and warning play a key role in the effort to save lives and protect property.
The Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency urges residents to review their Tornado Warning Procedures and discuss them with their families and/or business personnel. If there are any questions please call the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency at 419-734-6900.