It’s important to have trusted sources of information that you can check in case of an emergency.
NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio
First, you should have a working NOAA all-hazards weather radio in your home and another in your workplace. New radios can be set so they only sound alarms for severe weather in Fayette County or surrounding counties. Be sure to change your weather radio’s backup batteries regularly – at least on the same schedule as your smoke detector’s batteries – and keep spares with the radio. Know the difference between an advisory, a watch, and a warning.
Radio and Television
Broadcast radio will have information about impending weather emergencies and other events. Lexington’s primary radio station for severe weather alerts is WUKY at 91.3 FM. DEM also operates low-power AM radio stations at 1620 AM, and this channel is streamed online through radiolexky.com. Consider purchasing an emergency AM/FM radio receiver that can run on batteries, solar power, or a hand crank.
Each of Lexington’s local television stations covers severe weather and other emergencies. You should know how to view these stations if your cable or satellite coverage goes out. This may require you to have a separate antenna or signal converter.
Websites, Blogs, and Social Media
The always-connected nature of social media means it can be one of the fastest methods of emergency notification. Follow DEM on Twitter (@LexKYEM) and Facebook (LexingtonKYEM). Also consider following some of our fellow public safety agencies and private-sector partners who we follow on those sites.
Bookmark emergency websites on your home and business computer and your smartphone so you can quickly access information. Have a backup plan for charging your cell phone if the power goes out.
DEM operates Lexington’s network of outdoor warning sirens, located in or near the community’s major parks. In the event of impending severe weather, these sirens will sound. When you hear their distinctive wail, take shelter immediately! It’s important to note that most sirens are only audible if you’re outdoors. While you may be able to hear them inside, don’t rely on them as your sole warning.
In schools and public buildings around Lexington, you may see bright yellow boxes mounted on the walls. These are Alertus beacons – Internet-enabled devices to which DEM can broadcast alerts and warnings. When an Alertus beacon is activated, red lights will flash and a piercing electronic tone will sound. The screen on the front of the beacon will display the alert text. Alertus beacons are typically deployed to venues with large populations that may need an additional indoor warning channel.
AM 1620 KHz – Radio Lexington
Broadcasting at 1620AM, the radio service of Lexington’s Division of Emergency Management airs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. DEM airs emergency preparedness and tourism information on our network of Fayette County transmitters. In addition to the live over-the-air broadcast, Radio Lexington provides a streaming audio service via the TuneIn network.