The 2019 Kentucky statewide tornado drill will be held on Wednesday, March 6 at 10:07 a.m.
Each year, the National Weather Service chooses the date of Kentucky’s statewide tornado drill. The drill is generally held during the first week of March. If there is the possibility of severe weather in part of the state on the day of the drill, the test date will be moved.
Severe weather can strike at any time in Kentucky, making it important for everyone to be prepared to find the most secure shelter available no matter where we are. The statewide tornado drill is an excellent opportunity for Kentuckians to practice their sheltering plans and ensure readiness in case of a severe weather emergency. The statewide drill provides schools, businesses, and families with an opportunity to test their planning and readiness to be able to quickly seek appropriate shelter in case of a real severe weather emergency. By practicing and increasing readiness across the state, residents can be more confident and prepared in the event of actual severe weather emergencies.
How to Participate
At 10:07 a.m. on the day of the drill, NOAA Weather Radios will alert listeners that the tornado drill has begun. Outdoor warning sirens will also sound across Kentucky. At this time, participants should practice taking cover in their designated shelter.
Schools, businesses and families are all encouraged to participate in the statewide tornado drill. Schools are encouraged to use the tornado drill as an educational tool for students by incorporating tornado facts and meteorological information and safety tips into their lesson plans.
There’s more about tornadoes and severe storm preparedness at the Lexington Emergency Management website: www.BeReadyLexington.com.
Preparedness information is also available via the Lexington Emergency Management Facebook page: @LexingtonKYEM and the Division of Emergency Management Twitter account: @Lexkyem.