Severe weather remains the biggest, and most common, threat Kentuckians face on a daily basis. If we need a reminder, we only have to look back to the severe storms and tornadoes that ravaged the Commonwealth on February 29 and March 2, 2012, leaving 25 dead, hundreds homeless and thousands of homes damaged. With that, Governor Steve Beshear has signed a proclamation (59KB) declaring March 2-8 as Severe Weather Awareness Week, urging all Kentuckians to be aware, and be prepared, for severe weather.
Kentuckians face many weather related challenges throughout the year, from tornadoes, flooding, straight line winds, lightning and winter storms. Every household should be prepared to face these challenges at any given time.
As a part of Severe Weather Awareness week, on Wednesday, March 5 at approximately 10:07 a.m. EST, the National Weather Service (NWS), partnering with KYEM and Kentucky Broadcasters Association (KBA), will conduct a tornado test message which will activate NOAA Weather Radios and broadcast media. Schools, businesses, government agencies and citizens across the Commonwealth are encouraged to participate in the annual Statewide Tornado Safety Drill. Please complete this survey after the drill. This will allow KYEM and other officials to measure and improve preparedness for such occasions.