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As we move into severe weather season in the Miami Valley the City of Xenia wants to make sure the public has the tools it needs to be weather aware.
There are several types of severe weather including flash flood, thunderstorm, and tornado. When preparing a safety plan it is important to understand each weather event and the risks they pose.
In the past the Public Service Center on Towler Road had been a severe weather shelter. However, due to the COVID-19 situation, it is a resource that the City can no longer offer. City Manager Brent Merriman went into more detail regarding the change at the April 9th City Council meeting. Having staff available for the storm shelter prior to COVID-19 was a challenge, however, with the City operating at a minimum staffing scenario for safety reasons, the shelter is a service that cannot be provided.
Here are severe weather situations the public should be aware of:
Tornado season in Ohio is recognized as April through July.
The National Weather Service advises the pubic to protect itself by taking proactive steps. Some of the steps including signing up for severe weather notifications, creating a safety plan in their household, and practicing the plan with family.
During severe thunderstorms it is advised to stay away from windows, and avoid taking shelter is large open rooms such as a cafeteria, gymnasium, or auditorium. A sturdy building is the best place to take cover, sheds and storage facilities are not safe. If you are outside, do not take shelter under a tree. If you are inside your vehicle, stay there, if there is time, the National Weather Service advises to drive to the closest secure shelter.