Wheeling, W.Va. (WTRF) – The state of Ohio’s Statewide tornado drill is set for Wednesday, March 22 at 9:50 am.

There were 33 confirmed tornadoes in the Buckeye State for 2022, according to the National Weather Service. It is important to have a plan in place before this hazardous weather strikes.

Ohio’s Statewide tornado drill is set for Wednesday, March 22nd at 9:50 AM

At this point, local communities can participate in a statewide drill and test their emergency and shelter plans.

Know The Difference

It is vital to know the difference between a Tornado Watch vs. a Tornado Warning.

First off, a warning is worse than a watch!

The difference between a Tornado Watch vs a Tornado Warning.

A watch means that the ingredients are in place for a tornado to form.

A warning means the ingredients were put together to create a tornado.

It is also vital to know where to go and what to do when a tornado warning has been issued.

Surround yourself with the most interior wall space and get to the lowest lying area of your house, apartment, or place where you are located.

A tip that the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness encourages is to DUCK.

D – Go DOWN to lowest level

U – Get Under a sturdy object

C – Cover your head

K – Keep under shelter until storm has passed

Also, have a way to stay alert and aware of weather events. Have emergency alerts turned on within your cell phone settings, have a way to receive broadcast/radio communications, and have a way to stay connected with your family.

For an in-depth look at Ohio’s Severe Weather Awareness Week info, click here!