As we head into mid-March, it's the time of year when we need to discuss preparing for the severe weather season.  Although severe weather can strike any time of the year, April through June are typically the most active months for severe storms.  The Ohio Severe Weather Awareness Week runs from Sunday, March 19 - Saturday, March 25.

The Ohio Severe Weather Awareness Week campaign helps remind and educate our community about seasonal weather threats and how to prepare for them effectively.  In addition, the statewide tornado drill will be conducted on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at 9:50 AM.

The EMA encourages our citizens to receive watches and warnings in multiple ways.  The outdoor sirens are intended as an outdoor warning system.  You may not be able to hear it inside your house, and it should not be relied on as your primary alert method.

Registering for Shelby County Alerts through our mass notification system (CivicReady) is one way to receive severe weather alerts.  You can register to receive notifications at the following link:  https://public.alertsense.com/SignUp/?RegionId=2083.  If you wish to subscribe to Emergency Alerts via SMS test messages only, text ShelbyCO to 38276.

The Shelby County EMA will share severe weather safety tips on our Facebook Page (Shelby County Emergency Management Agency) throughout the week.  EMA encourages everyone to make a plan, build an emergency kit, and practice drills.  Simply put, the more prepared you are, the better off you'll be during and after a disaster.