Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

February 28, 2014

Tuesday drill will check preparedness

By SARAH ROSE
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Barren County Emergency Management Director Tony Richey said the most common events in Kentucky that emergency management deals with involve severe weather.

“We do have earthquakes in the area, but not as often as we do severe weather,” Richey said.

Kyem.gov stated that Kentucky has had 11 federally declared weather disasters since Governor Steve Beshear started his administration, which ranks the commonwealth “near the top nationwide.” The website provided information about the impact of one of the worst state disasters in recent history.

“February 29 and March 2, 2012, severe storms and deadly tornadoes tore through Kentucky, leaving 25 dead and thousands of home, business and public buildings damaged or destroyed ... ,” the website stated.

The frequency of bad weather in the area is one of the reasons why Barren County is participating in a state-wide severe weather drill. Tornado sirens will sound for three minutes beginning at 9:07 a.m. Tuesday as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. He said that usually the county government buildings and all the school systems in the county participate in the event.

First responders will assist emergency management with the drill, he said.

“We’re gonna have everyone at all the siren sites and also the safe rooms, checking to make sure the electronic door unlocks and also make sure all the sirens activate,” Richey said. “We will be testing all those. We have 26 sites with sirens ...”

Richey said it’s important for everyone to know what to do before severe weather strikes.

“We ask everyone to have a plan and test it,” Richey said.

Richey gave a few tips on how to prepare for unsafe weather.

“What they’ll want to do, if they don’t have a basement, they need to find out where to go, maybe to a neighbor’s basement, or if they can’t get there, to go to a center room in their house, like a bathroom or something like that,” Richey said. “They want to make sure they have a flashlight, a kit. They want to go to ready.gov online ... it gives you tips.”

To find out more information about how to prepare for a severe weather emergency, visit http:// kyem.ky.gov/preparedness/Pages/default.aspx.

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