Kentucky's Tornado Drill Is Today

Kentucky's annual Tornado Drill will take place today between 10:00 and 10:15am EST (9:00 and 9:15am CST).  A test tornado warning will be issued at that time.

The drill provides an excellent opportunity to evaluate and exercise your tornado preparedness.  Do you know what to do if a Tornado Warning is issued for your location?  Do you have a properly programmed battery-powered weather radio in good working order?  When the test tornado warning is issued today, take a few moments to think about what you would do if it were a real warning.  If possible, actually perform the steps you would take.  What if you're at work?  At home?  In your car?  At school?

Tips on what to do when a Tornado Warning is issued:

  • If you're in a sturdy building, stay there.  Put as many walls between you and the tornado as possible (interior bathrooms are great).  Get to the lowest floor of the building, preferably underground.  Stay far away from windows.
  • In schools, factories, and warehouses stay out of rooms with large, free-span roofs.  Also avoid garage doors and windows.  Seek shelter in a rest room or other interior, windowless room.
  • In your car in an urban area, if there is time, carefully pull off the road and find shelter in a nearby building.
  • In your car in a rural area, or if there is no substantial shelter nearby, carefully pull off the road and lay as flat as you can in the lowest spot you can find, away from the vehicle.  Cover your head.

As we are all too well aware, deadly tornadoes do happen in southern Indiana and central Kentucky.  So, it is imperative that you have a plan in place BEFORE the storm strikes!

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