FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - The annual statewide tornado drill will be taking place as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week on March 1-7.
In a proclamation designating the observance, Gov. Matt Bevin said: “Severe weather can strike at any time in Kentucky, causing extensive and long-lasting effects. It impacts personal lives, social structure and the economy on both local and state levels.”
As part of severe weather awareness activities, a statewide tornado drill will be conducted in conjunction with the proclamation. On Wednesday, March 6, at approximately 10:07 a.m. EST, the National Weather Service, in partnership with Kentucky Emergency Management, Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee, and Kentucky Broadcasters Association will issue a test tornado warning message.
Across Kentucky, outdoor warning sirens will sound, weather alert radios will activate, and television and radio stations will broadcast the alert along with mobile devices. This drill will give citizens the opportunity to practice tornado safety measures.
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 as needed.
"Severe weather is the commonwealth’s most constant threat, as evidenced by current flooding conditions. Kentucky Emergency Management is committed to ensure our citizens are prepared for all types of hazards,” said Michael E. Dossett, KYEM director. “Testing your emergency plan during Severe Weather Awareness Week with family members and co-workers helps ensure we all will be ready for the next severe weather event that threatens our commonwealth.”
KYEM said being prepared for severe weather starts with identifying threats and risks. The first step is to become weather ready by knowing what types of weather hazards can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family.
Citizens should check local weather forecasts regularly, get a NOAA Weather Alert Radio and sign up for alerts from their local emergency management officials.
Weather safety tips, helpful links and resources can be found on KYEM’s website at www.kyem.ky.gov. Additional tornado safety information is also available at https://www.weather.gov/wrn/spring-safety, www.ready.gov/tornadoes and www.weather.gov.