Ravenna police to test severe weather siren Wednesday morning

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The Ravenna Police Department, in cooperation with other law enforcement and emergency services and state agencies in Ohio will take part in a tornado drill Wednesday in recognition of state and national Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

The week of March 3-9 is both the national and Ohio's Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

Ravenna police Capt. David Rarrick said officers and dispatchers will take part in a drill at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, during which a severe weather siren will sound. Officers in different parts of the city will be in contact with headquarters to confirm that the siren can be heard in all areas, he said.

Rarrick said Wednesday's drill will be the first of the year. It is also being held to ensure that early warning equipment is in good working order, he said.

For more information on weather safety and preparedness, visit the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness online at www.weathersafety.ohio.gov.

According to the OCSWA, 2013 also marks the 100th anniversary of the great Ohio Flood of 1913. Between March 22 and March 27, 1913, 467 people were killed and 20,000 homes were destroyed in what the committee called the "greatest natural disaster in Ohio history."

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  • The greatest natural disaster we got in Ravenna is the political climate! I would rather know when the crackheads or heroin zombies are going to leave downtown. Ah I just hope everyone feels good after ten o'clock today. Great job.