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(WJW) — A statewide tornado drill took place on Wednesday at 9:50 a.m. It’s part of Ohio’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, which started Sunday, the last day of winter 2023.

It’s a reminder for Ohioans to prep their homes, schools and businesses for potential severe weather including floods, lightning and tornadoes, according to a proclamation from the offices of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.

It’s also a good idea to be aware of the multiple methods of emergency communications that include NOAA All Hazards weather radio, Wireless Emergency Alerts and local mass notifications systems.

The National Weather Service in Cleveland says that one of the biggest ways you can help yourself ahead of hazardous weather is by knowing where you are on a map.

See that map right here.

Click here for FOX 8’s guide to severe weather and the meaning of weather alert terms so you can be prepared.

Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week” runs from March 19 – March 25.

The statewide tornado drill is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22 at 9:50 a.m.

“Lightning Safety Awareness Week” is June 18 – June 27.