Severe weather is Kentucky’s most common threat and it’s important to plan and prepare.
As part of severe weather awareness activities, a statewide tornado drill will be conducted at 10:07 a.m. EST, Tuesday, Feb 23, the National Weather Service (NWS), in partnership with Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee, Kentucky Broadcasters Association and the Frankfort-Franklin County Office of Emergency Management will issue a test tornado warning message.
During the test alert all Kentuckians, businesses, hospitals, nursing homes, educators and government agencies are encouraged to participate in the tornado drill and update their emergency plans. Being prepared for severe weather starts with identifying threats and risks. The first step for each citizen is to become weather-ready by knowing what types of weather hazards exist where they live and work, and how the weather could impact them and their family. Citizens should check local weather forecasts regularly, get a NOAA Weather Radio, and sign up for alerts from local emergency management officials. Severe weather comes in many forms and emergency planning should consider the possibility all types of local hazards.
Remember, outdoor warning sirens are designed to warn people outdoors to seek shelter immediately. They’re not designed to warn people indoors. That’s what a NOAA Weather Radio is for. Think of it as a smoke detector for severe weather.
Tornadoes can, and do, strike during the night when people are more vulnerable and may not have a television or radio turned on when a severe weather warning is issued. Remember, weather alert apps on smartphones and social media may not wake you up! A battery back-up weather alert radio is recommended and is the most effective way to monitor, and receive, severe weather watches and warnings because they are always on and ready to sound an alarm and at any time of the day or night.
Homes and businesses alike should have and monitor weather alert radios, which transmit NWS severe weather watches and warnings automatically, 24 hours a day.
IF OUTSIDE DURING A TORNADO
Seek indoor shelter immediately! If you do not have time, or if shelter isn’t possible lie flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of potential flooding.
If inclement weather is forecast for Feb 23, the Statewide Tornado Drill will be rescheduled.
Help emergency managers and weather officials improve weather notifications and awareness campaigns by completing a short online survey, available on the KYEM website.
A Good Tornado Plan Should:
Ensure employees/family members know where the designated shelter is located. To conduct a tornado drill at home or work: