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March 1, 2014, 8:03 am

MOUNT VERNON — Do you know what to do if there is a tornado in the area? Waiting until you actually spot one to figure it out is not a good idea. You may have only minutes to protect your life.

Make a plan. Practice the plan. That’s the idea behind the statewide tornado drill at 9:50 a.m., on Wednesday.

“We’re not simulating an emergency,” said County Emergency Management Director Mark Maxwell. “Its like a fire drill at school. You had one every month and you knew what to do because you practiced it.”

The Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS) will not be used for the drill, Maxwell said, because “there have been a lot of weather alerts coming through and we don’t want to confuse the public.”

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