Richmond, KY (March 1, 2011) On Tuesday, March 8 at approximately 10:07 AM EST, Madison County will participate in a state-wide tornado drill conducted by the National Weather Service (NWS). The test will activate NOAA weather radios, Madison County Tone Alert Radios, and local broadcast media. The alert message will sound as an actual Tornado Warning, but will also generate a message to state this is only a test. Schools, businesses, governments and individuals are encouraged to practice their tornado safety drills and update their safety plans at this time.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has signed a proclamation declaring March as “Severe Storms Preparedness Month,” urging all Kentuckians to be prepared for severe weather. Severe weather can include: severe thunderstorms, tornados, high-velocity winds, microbursts, flooding, and flash flooding.
The Madison County Emergency Management Agency/CSEP Program recommends all citizens prepare for emergency situations by developing an emergency plan and making an emergency kit.
An emergency kit should contain 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.
Tornado/Severe Thunderstorm Tips:Go inside, seek shelter in the lowest area of the building, Closets and bathtubs can provide shelter, Stay away from windows. If you are outside, get to a ditch or low lying areas Cover your head
Flooding causes more death than any other severe weather hazard
If flooding occurs move to higher ground
Never cross flooded roads
Remember: “Turn around, don’t drown.”
For more information about emergency preparedness or the tornado drill, Madison County residents can contact the Madison County EMA/CSEPP at 624-4787.