Statewide tornado drill set for Tuesday morning

February 22, 2016

TornadoKentucky Press News Service

At about 10:07 a.m. Tuesday the National Weather Service, along with Kentucky Emergency Management and the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee 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; allowing the public the opportunity to practice tornado safety, a state news release said.
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 participate in the tornado drill and update their emergency plans.
As part of Severe Weather Week activities, Kentucky Education Television will host the popular live viewer call-in show, “Severe Weather – Staying Safe.” A panel of weather experts field questions from the general public. Callers will be registered to receive one of five NOAA Weather Alert Radios which will be awarded at the end of the show. The show will air live tonight at 10 p.m.
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 that can affect 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.
To receive text cell phone alerts from The Lewis County Herald, text “Follow LCHerald“ to the number 40404 (standard texting rates apply), you can stop at any time by texting “Unfollow LCHerald” to the number 40404.
If inclement weather is in the forecast Tuesday, the Statewide Tornado Drill will be rescheduled.

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