from the office of Edmonson County Emergency Management:
Governor Matt Bevin has signed a proclamation proclaiming March 1 - 7, 2017, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.
Partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, Edmonson County Emergency Management recognizes March 1 - 7, 2017, as “Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.”
Edmonson County Emergency Management Director Pat Prunty, said, “Weather is always a threat in Kentucky. Each year our citizens face the dangers of severe weather in many forms; from severe storms that create tornadoes and straight line winds, to deadly lightning, flooding, and severe winter storms.” Prunty continued,” It is important to ensure your safety and the safety of your family. Plan ahead and know what to do when severe weather threatens our community.”
A statewide tornado drill is being conducted in conjunction with the Governor’s proclamation and you are encouraged to participate.
At approximately 10:007 a.m. EST, Tuesday, Feb 28, the National Weather Service, in partnership with Kentucky Emergency Management, the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee, and Kentucky Broadcasters Association will issue a tornado warning test message.
Outdoor warning sirens may sound across Kentucky communities; weather alert radios will activate; and television and radio stations and mobile devices will broadcast the alert. This drill will give the public the opportunity to practice tornado safety measures.
The broadcast test message will emphasize this is only a test of the alert system. During the test alert, all Kentuckians, businesses, hospitals, nursing homes, educators and government agencies are encouraged to practice their tornado safety drill and update their emergency plan.
Severe weather preparedness begins with knowing severe weather risks:
Step 1. Understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather can impact you and your family.
Step 2. Check the weather forecast regularly. Get a NOAA Weather Radio and sign up for localized alerts from emergency management officials.
Step 3. Develop a personal emergency plan that considers all types of local hazards and associated risks.
If you do not have a tornado plan; make one using these guidelines:
To conduct a tornado drill at home or work:
During severe weather, if you are caught outdoors and unable to seek indoor shelter; lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
Remember, outdoor sirens are not designed to warn indoor inhabitants, and tornadoes also strike during the night. If you are asleep or don't happen to have a television or radio turned on when a severe weather warning is issued; battery-backed weather alert radios are always on and ready to sound an alarm. This is the most effective way to monitor severe weather watches and warnings at any time of day or night.
Homes and businesses alike should have and monitor weather alert radios which automatically transmit NWS severe weather watches and warnings 24 hours a day.
Severe weather safety information and resources can be found at www.kyem.ky.gov, www.weather.gov and www.ready.gov.
If inclement weather is in the forecast on Feb 28, the Statewide Tornado Drill will be rescheduled.