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For Immediate Release    


Contact: Buddy Rogers       Office: 502-607-1611   





FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2015) – Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed March as “Severe Weather Awareness Month in Kentucky.” 


Weather is always a threat in Kentucky: There have been a total of 13 presidential major disaster declarations during Gov. Beshear’s time in office. All of these disasters have been weather related.


As part of severe weather awareness activities, a statewide tornado drill is being conducted in conjunction with the proclamation.


At approximately 10:17 a.m. EST, Tuesday, March 3, the National Weather Service (NWS), partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee (KWPC) and Kentucky Broadcasters Association (KBA) will issue a tornado warning test message.  


Outdoor warning sirens will sound across Kentucky communities; weather alert radios will activate; and television and radio stations and mobile devices will broadcast the alert – allowing the public the opportunity to practice tornado safety measures.


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 practice their tornado safety drill and update their emergency plan.



Severe weather preparedness begins with knowing the risks:

  • Step 1. Understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family.


  • Step 2. Check the weather forecast regularly. Get a NOAA Weather Radio and sign up for localized alerts from emergency management officials.  


  • Step 3: Develop a personal emergency plan that considers all types of local hazards.  



If you do not have a tornado plan in place, consider these guidelines:

  • Designate a tornado shelter in an interior room on the lowest level of a building, away from windows. 


  • Basements are best, but, if there is no basement, choose an interior bathroom, closet or other enclosed space on the lowest level of a building. 


  • Tell everyone where the designated shelter is and post the location.



To conduct a tornado drill at home or work:

  • Announce the start of the drill.  


  • Participants should act as though a tornado warning has been issued for the immediate area or a tornado has been sighted nearby. They should move as quickly as possible to the designated tornado shelter.


  • Once people reach predesignated safe areas, they should crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down, covering their heads with their hands.


  • Once everyone has reached safe shelter, announce the mock tornado has passed and the drill is complete.


  • After the drill, perform an assessment.  Determine whether the shelter you chose was large enough for everyone, easy to get to and uncluttered.



During severe weather, if you are caught outdoors and unable to seek indoor shelter, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.  Be aware of the potential for flooding.


Remember, outdoor sirens are not designed to warn indoor inhabitants, and tornadoes also strike during the night. If you are asleep or don't happen to have a television or radio turned on when a severe weather warning is issued; battery-backed weather alert radios are always on and ready to sound an alarm. This is the most effective way to monitor severe weather watches and warnings at any time of day or night. 


Homes and businesses alike should have and should monitor weather alert radios, which automatically transmit NWS severe weather watches and warnings 24 hours a day.


KYEM is offering an online survey form that each participant is encouraged to complete and submit.   The results will be used to help determine the effectiveness of the drill and to identify ways to improve readiness and alert notifications.


The survey, weather safety tips, helpful links and resources can be found on the KYEM website at:  http://kyem.ky.gov  where you can follow KYEMPIO on Twitter, like us on facebook and sign up for mobile alert messages.  Additional information is on the National Weather Service’s website at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/severe.html .



If inclement weather is in the forecast on March 3, the Statewide Tornado Drill will be rescheduled.


Please visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/cold.shtml for Winter Weather Safety Tips and Information


Winter Weather Safety Tips

Everyone is potentially at risk during winter storms. Most fatalities are indirectly related to the storm. People die from traffic accidents on icy roads, heart attacks while shoveling snow, and hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold and unsafe residential conditions.

Be prepared for winter weather! Listen to NOAA weather radio or commercial radio/television to stay informed about winter storm watches, warnings and advisories.

At home and work, plan ahead for winter storms by having these on hand:

Flashlight and extra batteries

Battery-backup powered NOAA weather radio

AM/FM Radio

Extra food and water – high energy food such as dried fruit, nuts and granola bars, and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration

Can opener

Extra medicine and baby supplies

First aid kit

Heating fuel

Emergency heat source

Fire extinguisher

Smoke alarm

Make sure pets have plenty of food, water, and shelter


If you are already indoor during hazardous winter weather:

Stay inside!

When using alternate heat from a fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc., use fire safeguards and properly ventilate

Close off unneeded rooms

Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors

Cover windows at night

Eat and drink – food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat

Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing


The best advice for traveling during forecasted winter conditions is; “simply stay at home”. Only travel if necessary. However, if you must:

Before starting out in a vehicle:

Plan your travel

Check the weather

Have road condition phone numbers handy

Carry a Winter Storm Survival Kit

Keep the gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines

Avoid traveling alone

Let someone know your timetable and route


If you are stranded in your vehicle during hazardous winter weather:

Stay with your vehicle

Take turns sleeping

Run the motor every hour for 10 minutes to keep warm

Keep windows open a little to prevent carbon monoxide buildup

Make sure exhaust pipe is not blocked

Tie a bright cloth to antenna

Exercise periodically by vigorously moving your arms, legs, toes and fingers

Turn on the dome light while the engine is running to aid rescuers at night

After the snow stops falling, raise the car hood to indicate you need help


A good automobile Winter Safety Kit includes: cell phone and charger, blankets or sleeping bags, flashlight and extra batteries, first-aid kit, knife, whistle, high-calorie non-perishable food, bottled water, extra clothing to keep dry, large empty can to use as emergency toilet, tissues and paper towels, small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water, sack of sand or cat litter for traction, shovel, windshield scraper and brush, tool kit, tow rope, battery booster cables, water container, compass and road maps. If stranded, a deck of cards can help keep both children and adults occupied until help arrives. Most of these items can be stored in a duffle bag and placed in the vehicle’s truck.

Dress for the storm if you must be outdoors during severe winter weather:

Wear loose, lightweight, warm clothes in layers

Remove layers to avoid perspiration and subsequent chill

Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent, and hooded

Wear a hat – half your body heat loss can be from the head

Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold

Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves

Try to stay dry


If you are caught outdoors during hazardous winter weather:


Find shelter

Try to stay dry

Cover all exposed body parts

Build shelter: a lean-to, windbreak or snow cave for protection from the wind

Build a fire for heat and to attract attention

Place rocks around fire to absorb and reflect heat

Melt snow for drinking water – eating snow will lower your body temperature

Avoid overexertion – especially when shoveling or freeing stuck vehicles

Experts suggest staying put and allow rescuers to locate you.


STAY SAFE: Being prepared for winter weather (just like all weather) starts at home. "BE AWARE – BE PREPARED”.


February 2015...Action of the Month


Teach a loved one about Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

It is NEVER safe to drive into floodwaters. 

www.weather.gov/floodsafety#‎floodsafety #TADD


Turn Around, Don't Drown

Tornado Safety Tips
Have a plan.
Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio
Have a disaster kit.
Check weather conditions thru local media often.
 Tornado Safety
Roger Edwards, Storm Prediction Center, Norman, Oklahoma
There is no such thing as guaranteed safety inside a tornado. Prevention and practice before the storm: At home, have a family tornado plan in place, based on the kind of dwelling you live in and the safety tips below.
Know where you can take shelter in a matter of seconds, and practice a family tornado drill at least once a year. Have a pre-determined place to meet after a disaster. Flying debris is the greatest danger in tornadoes; so store protective coverings (e.g., mattress, sleeping bags, thick blankets, etc) in or next to your shelter space, ready to use on a few seconds' notice. When a tornado watch is issued, think about the drill and check to make sure all your safety supplies are handy. Turn on local TV, radio or NOAA Weather Radio and stay alert for warnings. Forget about the old notion of opening windows to equalize pressure; the tornado will blast open the windows for you! If you shop frequently at certain stores, learn where there are bathrooms, storage rooms or other interior shelter areas away from windows, and the shortest ways to get there. All administrators of schools, shopping centers, nursing homes, hospitals, sports arenas, stadiums, mobile home communities and offices should have a tornado safety plan in place, with easy-to-read signs posted to direct everyone to a safe, close-by shelter area. Schools and office building managers should regularly run well-coordinated drills. If you are planning to build a house, consider an underground tornado shelter or an interior "safe room".
Know the signs of a tornado
Weather forecasting science is not perfect and some tornadoes do occur without a tornado warning. There is no substitute for staying alert to the sky. Besides an obviously visible tornado, here are some things to look and listen for:
Ý Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
Ý Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base -- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
Ý Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen.
Ý Day or night - Loud, continuous roar or rumble, this doesn’t fade in a few seconds like thunder
Ý Night - Small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.
Ý Night - Persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning -- especially if it is on the ground or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath.
In a house with a basement: Avoid windows. Get in the basement and under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or work bench), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above (pianos, refrigerators, waterbeds, etc.) and do not go under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor and crush you.
In a house with no basement, a dorm, or an apartment: Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bathtub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail.
In an office building, hospital, nursing home or skyscraper: Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building -- away from glass. Then, crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly. Stay off the elevators; you could be trapped in them if the power is lost.
In a mobile home: Get out! Even if your home is tied down, you are probably safer outside, even if the only alternative is to seek shelter out in the open. Most tornadoes can destroy even tied-down mobile homes; and it is best not to play the low odds that yours will make it. If your community has a tornado shelter, go there fast. If there is a sturdy permanent building within easy running distance, seek shelter there. Otherwise, lie flat on low ground away from your home, protecting your head. If possible, use open ground away from trees and cars, which can be blown onto you.
At school: Follow the drill! Go to the interior hall or room in an orderly way as you are told. Crouch low, head down, and protect the back of your head with your arms. Stay away from windows and large open rooms like gyms and auditoriums.
In a car or truck: Vehicles are extremely dangerous in a tornado. If the tornado is visible, far away, and the traffic is light, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado. Otherwise, park the car as quickly and safely as possible -- out of the traffic lanes. Get out and seek shelter in a sturdy building. If in the open country, run to low ground away from any cars (which may roll over on you). Lie flat and facedown, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which can create deadly traffic hazards while offering little protection against flying debris.
In the open outdoors: If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat and facedown on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may be blown onto you in a tornado.
In a shopping mall or large store: Do not panic. Watch for others. Move as quickly as possible to an interior bathroom, storage room or other small-enclosed area, away from windows.
In a church or theater: Do not panic. If possible, move quickly but orderly to an interior bathroom or hallway, away from windows. Crouch facedown and protect your head with your arms. If there is no time to do that, get under the seats or pews, protecting your head with your arms or hands.
Keep your family together and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. Carefully render aid to those who are injured. Stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them; they may still be carrying electricity! Watch your step to avoid broken glass, nails, and other sharp objects. Stay out of any heavily damaged houses or buildings; they could collapse at any time. Do not use matches or lighters, in case of leaking natural gas pipes or fuel tanks nearby. Remain calm and alert, and listen for information and instructions from emergency crews or local officials. 
Tornado Safety Press Release
April 2013
National Weather Service
Share Holders Report
April 2013

flooded road with Turn Around Don't Drown sign





Class 10 Insurance Rating Survey

Our Emergency Management Agency is working with the 
Volunteer Fire Departments to lower the fire rating  
classification (and thus reduce insurance premiums) for  
the few areas in Warren County who currently have an ISO 
rating of 10 (the maximum rating which equates to the 
maximum insurance premium charge). Your assistance in  
completing an insurance survey is being requested.
Click here for a copy of that form --> http://goo.gl/5Qw4Q.
We appreciate your assistance to our Emergency Management Agency and Volunteer Fire Departments as we work to provide better fire service to all of Warren County.






It is that time of year again, that we need to think about the safety of our families thru the storm season and all emergencies.  "Resolve to Be Ready" is a program to help individuals think about  and prepare for all disasters. The South Central Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering a "21 week disaster kit plan" , to prepare a disaster kit for your family.

 Active shooter what can I do ?
FEMA Independant study Courses i s offering this online course to help employee's and individuals on what to do, in the event they enciounter an active shooter.  
A message from Brig. Gen. John W. Heltzel, director of Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM).
“Although the state and local governments are expected to assist the public during times of emergencies and disasters, preparedness starts at home. In the event of large scale disasters the government may be unable to respond immediately."
"Be prepared! You should have at least a three day supply of food and water for each member of your family, along with essentials such as: medicines, flash lights, radio, extra batteries, matches, candles, first aid supplies, etc.”
"Have a plan and practice it. Share your plan with relatives, friends and someone you know living in another state."



Lightning: What You Need to Know
NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!
• If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
• When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter.
• Safe shelter is a substantial building or inside an enclosed, metal-topped
• Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of
Indoor Lightning Safety Tips
• Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put
you in direct contact with electricity.
• Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets.
• Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
• Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.
Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips
NO PLACE outside is safe when lightning is in the area, but if you are caught
outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:
• Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
• NEVER lie flat on the ground
• NEVER use a tree for shelter
• NEVER use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
• Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of
• Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power
lines, windmills, etc.)
• UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should ANY of the above actions be
taken if a building or an all-metal vehicle is nearby
If Someone Is Struck
• Victims do not carry an electrical charge and may need immediate medical
• Monitor the victim and begin CPR or AED, if necessary.
• Call 911 for help.







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