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Silent sirens for weather awareness week

March 25, 2020
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness decided to cancel the statewide tornado drill that was originally set for Wednesday, March 25. The Mahoning County Sirens will not be activated and the electronic message that accompanies the sirens will also not be sent out. The move was made because of concerns with large populations sheltering at home.

"We continue to conduct the Saturday tests," said Mahoning County Emergency Management Agency Director Dennis O'Hara. "We also encourage residents to utilize weather alert radio's and local media weather apps on their cell phones. The reason for using the weather alert radio's and cell phone apps are because the sirens are designed for outdoor warning. They should never be the sole source of warning. With today's technology every means of warning and notification should be utilized."

Even though the siren test was cancelled, Severe Weather Awareness Week (March 22-28) will continue as planned according to a press release sent out last week. Parents and children can visit where there are workbooks and information available.

One other item that did get cancelled for this week was the annual safety poster contest. Since schools are not in, it would have been impractical to try to continue the program this year. The poster contest was done through the schools.

O'Hara said residents can keep up to date with the latest briefings on the COVID-19 situation by visiting the Ohio Department of Health's web page at He also mentioned the county sirens will continue weekly tests.

"The Mahoning County Sirens are tested every Saturday at noon throughout the year," O'Hara said.



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