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Tornado/Severe Weather Emergency Information

If weather conditions are threatening, measures should be taken to ensure your personal safety by seeking adequate shelter and protecting your property if you can do so without exposing yourself to risk of harm.

Tornados are likely to pose the greatest threat to the Dayton area during the months of April through July, but can occur at any time.  Other severe weather conditions can also create a threat to life and property.  The most likely conditions in the Dayton area would be:

  • Tornados
  • Excessive snow fall
  • Severe thunderstorm (flood, wind, lightning)
  • Severe ice storm (freezing rain, sleet, ice)

The effects of these weather conditions can be:

  • Serious injury or death
  • Severe property damage
  • Loss of utilities (electricity, gas, water, etc.)
  • Loss of communications (phone, radio, TV, etc.)
  • Hazardous travel

Watch vs. Warning

A severe weather or tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for severe weather or a tornado to develop within the next 6 hours.

A severe weather or tornado warning indicates that a severe storm, tornado, or funnel cloud has been sighted by a qualified spotter or has been detected on radar in a designated area.

For more information, please see: Tornado/Severe Weather Response Guide>>


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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2914
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