FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2016) – Partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, Edmonson County Emergency Management recognizes Feb 22 – 28, 2016 is “Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.”
Edmonson County Emergency Management Director Pat Prunty said, “Weather is always a threat in Kentucky: Already in 2016, Kentuckians have experienced historic snowfalls, and less than a week later, that was followed by risks of severe storms and tornadoes. It is important to ensure your safety and the safety of your family by plannig ahead and knowing what to do in the event that a severe weather or tornado warning is issued for our community.”
As part of severe weather awareness activities, a statewide tornado drill is being conducted in conjunction with the proclamation.
At approximately 10:017 a.m. EST, (9:17am local time) Tuesday, Feb 23, the National Weather Service (NWS), partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee (KWPC) and Kentucky Broadcasters Association (KBA) will issue a tornado warning test message.
Outdoor warning sirens will sound across Kentucky communities; weather alert radios will activate; and television and radio stations and mobile devices will broadcast the alert – allowing 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 the risks:
If you do not have a tornado plan in place, consider 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 should monitor weather alert radios, which automatically transmit NWS severe weather watches and warnings 24 hours a day.
KYEM is offering an online survey form that each participant is encouraged to complete and submit. The results will be used to help determine the effectiveness of the drill and to identify ways to improve readiness and alert notifications.
The survey, weather safety tips, helpful links and resources can be found on the KYEM website at: http://kyem.ky.gov where you can follow KYEMPIO on Twitter, like us on facebook and sign up for mobile alert messages. Additional information is on the National Weather Service’s website at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/#.VrTV3DH2Z9N .
If inclement weather is in the forecast on Feb 23, the Statewide Tornado Drill will be rescheduled.