Mayor Walters Announces Cuyahoga Falls Tornado Safety Week, March 19-25, 2017

Mar 09, 2017

Ohio Tornado Safety Week is March 19-25, 2017.  The statewide drill will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 9:50 a.m. When the siren sounds, what you know could save your life. Our normal test day is the first Thursday of the month at 10:00 a.m.  The city will be participating in the state drill on March 22.

  • Tornado Watch means the weather conditions are right for a tornado to form. The National Weather Service issues this watch. The warning siren will not be sounded for a watch.
  • Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by Doppler radar. The National Weather Service issues this warning. The warning siren will be sounded for a warning.

If a tornado warning is issued for your area, move immediately to your pre-designated place of safety. Turn on a battery-powered radio or TV and await further instructions.

In Cuyahoga Falls, tune to 96.1 WCFI FM for instructions. This is a radio station that the city owns to notify people of various newsworthy events. In the event of a tornado warning, it will tell the listeners what is the emergency, in this case, a tornado warning has been issued.

An additional method for notification to Cuyahoga Falls residents is the CFO alerts. Tornado watch and warning can be sent your electronic device. To sign up for this valuable service, go to  www.cityofcf.com/cfoalerts. In the news-updates section under E-news sign up is the information to get these life-saving updates.

Another method to alert people of a tornado warning is a weather alert radio.

Whatever way you are notified of a tornado warning do the following:

If you are inside, or outside, you should move immediately to your pre-designated place of safety inside a structure. Turn on a computer, cell phone, radio or TV and await further instructions.

If At Home

  • Go to the lowest level of your home (basement or first floor).
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Keep as many walls between you and the outside as possible.
  • Use stairs or sturdy furniture as cover.

If At Work Or School

  • Do not leave the building.
  • Follow the building emergency plan.
  • Avoid place with wide-span roofs, such as cafeterias, auditoriums, or gymnasiums.
  • Parents should not call the school or emergency services for information.
  • Your local radio and television stations will provide updates.
  • Do not go to the school.

In Cars Or Mobile Homes

  • Never try to out drive a tornado.
  • Get out of the car or mobile home immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle.  Be aware of the potential for flooding.

Prepare Disaster Supplies

  • Portable, battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Water and food

Remember

  • The Outdoor Warning Siren is only intended to be heard outdoors.
  • For indoor safety, tune to 96.1 FM for the city’s radio station, sign up for CFO alerts or purchase a weather radio
  • If indoors, you can receive emergency information from local television and radio stations and the above devices
  • Do not call emergency numbers for information (9-1-1).
  • It is very important to leave all telephone lines open for emergency communications.