Westerville will participate in a statewide tornado drill at 9:50 a.m. March 28.

Westerville will participate in a statewide tornado drill at 9:50 a.m. March 28.

During this drill, Franklin County will sound its 135 outdoor warning sirens for three minutes, which is much longer than the usual Wednesday noon test, the Westerville Division of Fire said.

The test is part of Ohio's Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week, which runs from March 25 through March 31.

In Ohio, the peak tornado season runs from April through mid July, with almost three-quarters of all tornadoes reported occurring during that time.

June has been the most active tornado month in Ohio, and most tornadoes occur between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.

As tornado season approaches, the Westerville Division of Fire is encouraging residents to be prepared by making a severe-weather plan for their families, friends and co-workers.

The division offers tornado safety pamphlets, which are available by calling (614) 901-6600.