On Wednesday morning, a tornado control exercise will be held in the state. That’s what it means.

Tornado sirens across the state, including Franklin County, will be activated Wednesday morning as part of the annual drill.

Sirens will sound statewide at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday for the annual statewide tornado drill, which is part of Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Sirens in Franklin County will sound for about three minutes. This will replace the weekly emergency siren testing on Wednesdays at noon.

Schools are encouraged to hold a tornado drill during this time so that students can practice what to do in the event of severe weather. Families are also encouraged to review their emergency preparedness plans.

On February 28, four tornadoes touched down in Ohio during a series of severe storms, including touchdowns on Etna and East.

If a tornado warning is reported, go to the basement of the building you are in, if possible. If there is no basement, go to the innermost room – ideally the bathroom – without windows. Cover your head and neck to avoid falling debris.

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