Ohio EMA Shares Essential Tornado Safety Tips for Residents

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Columbus, OH – The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is advising residents to stay prepared as tornado season intensifies across the state.

The EMA emphasizes the importance of knowing where to seek shelter during a tornado. Residents should immediately find a sturdy building, avoiding windows and outside areas. Ideal shelter locations include basements or designated tornado-safe areas on the lowest level of a building. If you are caught outside, seek a small, protected space.

According to the Ohio EMA, it’s crucial to have multiple methods for receiving weather alerts and updates. These include NOAA Weather Radio, local news stations, and smartphone alert systems. This ensures you stay informed throughout the duration of severe weather conditions.

The EMA also recommends preparing an emergency kit with essentials such as water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, and a first aid kit. Additionally, residents should develop a family emergency plan that includes a communication strategy and designated meeting places.

For more detailed information and continuous updates, residents are encouraged to visit the Ohio EMA’s official website at ema.ohio.gov. Staying informed and prepared can significantly enhance safety during severe weather events.

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