This is only a drill: Statewide tornado test sounds at 9:50 a.m.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Spring has arrived, and as we say goodbye to winter, it is a good reminder to be ready when severe weather strikes during the spring and summer months.

Governor John Kasich has declared this week "Severe Weather Awareness Week" and encourages all Ohioans to learn to protect themselves from weather hazards and home emergencies.

As part of "Severe Weather Awareness Week,"  there was a statewide tornado drill at 9:50 a.m, today to test the Ohio Emergency Alert system. During that time, Ohio counties sounded and tested their outdoor warning sirens. Schools, businesses and households were encouraged to practice their tornado drills and emergency plans.

Are you prepared? Check out the FOX 8 Severe Weather Guide, here.

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