Clarion County Emergency Services Announcement

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Clarion County Emergency Services

The Clarion County Office of Emergency Services has issued the following public safety announcement:

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) will be conducting the 2014 PEMA Spring Statewide Severe Weather Exercise on May 12th and May 13th, 2014.

As part of this exercise, the Clarion County Office of Emergency Services will be testing the countywide Severe Weather Warning System.

On Monday, May 12, 2014, at approximately 7:35 PM (following the normal monthly fire siren testing) the Severe Weather Warning System will be activated.

The Severe Weather Warning is a three (3) minute, steady single tone sound, which differs from the regular fire siren sound which fluctuates up and down. The Severe Weather Warning will be used when the 911 Center receives a “Tornado Warning” from the National Weather Service.

During a severe storm situation, the National Weather Service will issue a “Tornado Watch” first, when the atmospheric conditions exist that could produce a tornado. A “Tornado Warning” is issued when an actual tornado has been sighted or one has been indicated by radar.

Some excellent tornado safety practices are: listen to local news or a NOAA weather radio to stay informed, know your community’s warning system, pick a safe room in your home (the safest being an underground shelter, basement, or safe room), and practice periodic tornado drills so that everyone knows what to do when a tornado is approaching.

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